August 21, 2019
Principals pay settled with extra for Māori medium
Primary and intermediate school principals have accepted a new offer from the Education Ministry that entrenches pay parity with secondary principals.
Principals Federation president Whetu Cormick says the settlement is being welcomed by Māori principals, many of whom are in Palmerston North today for the Te Akatea Māori Principals Association annual conference.
He says the settlement negotiated by NZEI Te Riu Roa includes a healthy pay jolt for principals at some of the smaller schools, and kaiako Māori in immersion classrooms also got extra allowances.
"Because we know that if you work in a Māori medium setting or a kura kaupapa, you work even harder than teachers in an English medium classroom. in terms of resources, we don't have the resources in Māori medium that English medium does. The Ministry of Education is getting better at that but I believe we still have some inequities across the system for Māori medium," Mr Cormick says.
The pay parity element means the final rights won't be known until the secondary school principals' award is settled.
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