October 23, 2017
Teachers draw up election action plan
Primary teacher union the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa hopes the new Labour-led Government will rebuild New Zealand’s public education system.
President Lynda Stuart says New Zealand can afford to give its children the best education in the world.
The NZEI will hold Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First to their promises to restore funding for schools and early childhood education, and to scrap discredited policies such as National Standards and charter schools.
It expects progress on pay equity for support staff, support workers and ECE teachers, and fixing the teacher shortage through getting better pay and more time for teachers to teach and for principals to lead.
Ms Stuart says early childhood education has suffered a nine year subsidy freeze and a loosening of the requirement teachers be qualified.
There also needs to be better and more culturally appropriate support for Maori and Pasifika learners, and central funding of support staff so schools aren’t forced to cut back on learning support when their budgets are tight.
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