Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is foreshadowing a major restructuring of polytechnics and institutes of technology, which have cost the Government $100 million in recent bailouts. The restructure is expected to recommend turning the vocational education sector into a flexible network that focuses on greater co-operation between institutions to meet the needs of business.
The National Party says the Government’s plans to reform polytechnics and institutes of technology will lead to 1000 job losses, a radical centralised model, and the closure of polytechnics in the regions.
Education groups are guardedly optimistic that talks may stave off more teachers’ strikes that have been signalled for this school term.
A “bums on seats” approach puts children’s safety and development at risk, teachers told Stuff. The 300 services that had their licence downgraded in the past two years are the tip of the iceberg, they said, and problems could go undetected for years. Stuff readers working in ECE joined the chorus of teachers voicing concerns about the sector. Here’s what they had to say.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins is getting the Ministry of Education to investigate claims of big or cancelled classes. The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) is campaigning for the problem to be urgently addressed with warnings it will only worsen if action was not taken.
Liz Kane, who runs Liz Kane Literacy, is working in schools in the Manawatū region and across the country to help teachers better teach children to read, write and spell. She also teaches them how to work with children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
The Ministry of Education has made contact with Building Research Association of New Zealand over revelations a fireproof plywood may have been used in a school hall that was found to be much less flame-resistant.
Tauranga’s newest primary school has officially opened with about 70 more pupils than expected. Taumata School in Pyes Pa opened its gates to 150 pupils yesterday, with children, teachers and parents welcomed on to the site for the first time.
And according to research late last year by Smartphone maker OPPO, nine out of 10 Kiwis aged between 18 and 24 named becoming an Instagram influencer as their dream job.
NZGovt: The number of domestic students training at polytechnics and other training institutes fell by a staggering 23,190 between 2011 and 2017*, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
NZGovt: The previous National Government allowed New Zealand’s vocational education system to drift so badly it has let our businesses, our young people and our communities down, and is in need of a reset, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
NZUSA: In Aotearoa New Zealand, everyone should have the opportunity to attend some form of tertiary education, and to have a positive experience along the way. Our Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics (formally known as ITP’s) teach over 170,000 of our tertiary students per year and are tasked with providing mainly vocational education to our regions and cities.