Rāapa 19 o Hakihea Wednesday 19 December

Victoria University’s name to remain unchanged after Education Minister intervenes

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has put the kaibosh on plans to change the name of the Victoria University of Wellington.

Maori businesses using te reo in products to normalize language

A new wave of Maori entrepreneurs are selling products that use te reo Maori in a bid to normalise the language.

Staff stood down pending investigation into Lower Hutt childcare centre

Complaints have been made against Hutt Hospital Childcare Centre in Lower Hutt, prompting a Ministry of Education investigation.

Opinion

 

Political Roundup: The case against major school reform

Debate has now kicked off over the Government’s most radical reforms to date – the overhaul of the way our schools are run.

With the release of the “Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce” proposals for change, there is now a polarised and highly-ideological battle involving important values that will inform the future of education in this country. Today I’ll round up opposition so far to the proposed reforms and tomorrow’s column will look at the case in favour of the reforms.

Political Roundup: The battle for our school system

Equality, fairness, and cooperation look set to become the priorities underpinning the operations of the schooling system.

They’re the values that are explicit in the radical new proposals to overhaul education and roll back the “neoliberal” Tomorrow’s Schools model that was imposed in the 1980s.The status quo, based on competition and a business model is deemed to have failed, creating inequality and poor outcomes.

Equity and wellbeing in Tomorrow’s Schools review

If Minister of Education Chris Hipkins needs confirmation that the Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce report had got it right, the negative comments of several prominent Auckland principals will have him absolutely convinced the review is on the right track.

Teacher shortage or not – I still can’t get work

I’ve remained hopeful, but not having regular, paid work has taken a toll on my self-confidence, not to mention my savings account.

Media releases

 

New prototype service for kids at risk of expulsion

NZGovt: A new service will be trialled in Napier next year to help younger students at risk of disconnection from school because of suspension, expulsion and non-attendance, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin has announced. “The prototype, the Napier Student Managed Moved Service, is the first in New Zealand to be designed for primary rather than secondary school students,” says Tracey Martin.

Wellbeing of New Zealanders at the heart of Budget priorities

NZGovt: Improving the wellbeing of current and future New Zealanders will be the focus of Budget 2019, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said on Thursday.

Dr Hinurewa Poutu appointed to Te Mātāwai Board

NZGovt: Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has appointed Dr Hinurewa Poutu (Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Maniapoto) to the Board of Te Mātāwai for a three year term. “Dr Poutu brings a rangatahi voice to the Board,” said Hon Nanaia  Mahuta.

Polling shows Kiwis agree – give teachers what they need

NZEI: Polling over recent months shows 89% of Kiwis want more money spent on education, ahead of other issues.

LearnCoach closes $1.5m seed round

LearnCoach: Wellington-based education social enterprise LearnCoach has closed a $1.5m seed round to help scale up its online education platform.

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