May 23, 2017
School support staff critical for Maori
Maori principals are calling for more money for school support staff as a way to raise Maori student achievement.
Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals vice president Myles Ferris says the workers needs a wage increase that reflects the value of their work.
That shouldn't be at the expense of other services, so there needs to be an increase in the operational funding schools use to pay for the staff,
Mr Ferris says Maori staff in particular make a valuable contribution to the ongoing challenge of raising Maori student achievement.
He says there are increased demands on support staff to handle increasingly difficult situations in their schools, and they need to be more qualified and skilled in the ever broadening scope of their roles.
The Support Staff Collective Agreement is currently being negotiated by NZEI Te Riu Roa.
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