July 19, 2013
Teachers wary of Parata’s PaCT
New Zealand First says Education Minister Hekia Parata needs to come clean on the true purpose of the National Standards Progress and Consistency Tool.
The Education Ministry wants to force schools to use the $5 million assessment software, also known as PaCT, saying it was a way for teachers to moderate students’ progress.
Ms Parata spoke about the importance of data collection to a hui of Māori educators this week after she had media thrown out, and yesterday her ministry released achievement data showing Māori continued to lag behind in all regions.
New Zealand First education spokesperson Tracey Martin says if PaCT is a tool for teachers, there seems no need for the ministry to have access to the individual classroom data.
She says teachers are suspicious that it is a back door attempt to introduce performance pay, and is part of the wider climate of distrust between the sector and the Minister.
Ngā tirohanga mātauranga ō te wā
Kia kaha ake ngā kura ki te whakapai ake i te mahi ā ngā ākonga.
E ai ki ngā tatauranga mātauranga ō te wā, kei te tāpepe tonu ngā tauira Māori.
Whā tekau paihēneti ō ō tātou tamariki, kāhore e tutuki pai te taumata tuarua ō te NCEA.
Hai tā Hēkia Parata te Minita Mātauranga, he kino ērā momo tatauranga.
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