The Government backed down on increasing class sizes but has introduced charter schools and is pushing ahead with the hugely unpopular Investing in Educational Success Policy. It has scrapped the Teachers Council, to be replaced by EDUCANZ, made up entirely of ministerial appointments. The Education Review Office now explicitly uses National Standards results in reviews of school performance, and a number of governance and compliance reviews are underway, with hints being made about dropping decile funding in favour of a performance-based model.
We believe these policies are heading in the wrong direction.
Instead, teachers believe the best thing for children would be smaller class sizes, more community involvement in schools and more teacher aides and specialist support for children who are struggling. We want schools and teachers prioritising children and learning, not worried about making a profit or where they sit in a league table or how much they will be paid.
The Governmentâ€™s changes to education are dressed up as improving quality, but are actually driven by Treasury cost-cutting. These short-sighted policies will damage our childrenâ€™s future.
Stand Up For Kids â€“ Protect Our Schools is a campaign initiated by NZEI Te Riu Roa, the professional institute and union of 50,000 primary and early childhood educators around New Zealand. We know that to be the best, teachers and schools need parents and whanau as partners and to be fully supported by their communities. So this campaign is not just for teachers. Itâ€™s for anyone interested in the future of our children and the future of our quality public education system.
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