May 28, 2019
Hub schools poor use of resources
As teachers at primary and secondary schools and Wharekura prepare to go out on strike tomorrow, a group of schools say the Government is misdirecting its proposed spending.
The Community Schools Alliance says rather than spending billions of dollars on hub schools, it should be spending on targeted interventions for schools that need them.
Massey High School principal Glen Denham says Ministry of Education figures show most interventions in public schools are very short-term, lasting two years or less, and only involve about 4 percent of schools at any time.
He says Education Minister Chris Hipkins has said there is no more money for teacher pay claims, but he has not ruled out spending between $2 billion and $4 billion setting up the bureaucratic Hubs recommended by the Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce
.Mr Denham says what makes a difference to student outcomes is quality teaching and school leadership, and that is where the government should be directing any increases in education funding.
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