July 08, 2014
Maori teachers reject bonus policy
Maori educationalists say the Government is failing to invest in real solutions to improve outcomes for Maori students.
The 200 delegates at the Kahui Whetu conference in Dunedin have called for $359m funding set aside for the Investing in Educational Success policy to instead be spent at classroom level.
Tthey say what’s needed is better resourcing of special education, additional support staff and smaller class sizes.
They also want to see training that gives all teachers cultural skills to work with Maori students.
NZEI Te Riu Roa president Judith Nowatarski told the hui Investing in Educational Success policy will put money into the pockets of a few teachers and principals but would make little difference to children who are struggling.
She says rather than talking with teachers and communities about solutions, the Government is picking up untried ideas from overseas.
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