Rāhina 4 o Poutū-te-rangi

Secondary school teachers to strike next month if agreement not reached

“Issues are not being answered. We’ve been working now for nearly seven months and we’re just not getting to where we need to be to be sure we have quality teachers and so we’re being forced to take this action.

The union said teachers were running out of patience and would strike for a full day on 3 April.

They’ve seen future – it’s not Tomorrow’s Schools

Tomorrow’s Schools is now regarded as yesterday’s folly, a neo-liberal experiment that allowed too many schools to profit from a greater entrepreneurial profile and patronage, while trapping others in a downward cycle of middle-class flight and managed decline.

Nikki Kaye questions whether Tomorrow’s Schools review will work for isolated communities such as Stewart Island

Kaye has been visiting some of New Zealand’s most isolated communities, including Stewart Island, to gain public feedback of the review and its recommendations, particularly in regards to Education Hubs.

Worries the Tomorrow’s Schools Review will become a political football

The Tomorrow’s School Review is expected to be the biggest overhaul for schools in 30 years. But public meetings which are being held across the country have pointed to concerns there has not been enough time to provide feedback before the April 7 consultation deadline. But Education Minister Chris Hipkins has rejected those concerns, saying the review’s independent taskforce had provided a “pretty detailed” report.

International students fail University Entrance; educators call for more intensive courses

Educators are calling for intensive English courses for foreign students who arrive in New Zealand schools with very little or no English, as statistics show that many fail to get University Entrance.

More work needed to lift 44 schools out of financial difficulty, Government says

The comments come after Stuff revealed the Government was forced to bail out Lower Hutt’s Naenae College and two other schools with crippling debt in excess of $1 million.

Christchurch high schools’ rolls continue growing despite efforts to stabilise them

Christchurch high school rolls are continuing to rise despite principals’ efforts to keep them down, early figures indicate.

Nelson teacher job ad sparks institutional racism claims

An advertisement for a Maori unit teacher at a Nelson school seeking “strong behavioural management skills” has been labelled racist by some parents.

Auckland school tells parents fake story of child killed in car crash

In an attempt to tackle its ongoing problems with parking, Shelly Park School in east Auckland shared a fake story with parents and caregivers about a fatal crash.

Rural Taranaki childcare centre officially opens following $53k hacking scam

Owner Anna Ryder said there was no doubt that Ruru House would still open despite loosing $53,700 to a computer hacker who copied a sub-crontractor’s invoice.



Russell Bishop: Māori education needs more than task force has proposed

The members of the Independent Task Force to Review Tomorrow’s Schools were given a hospital pass by the Government. They were asked to do the impossible.