After a damning review and years of warnings about inequities in NCEA exam support, the Education Minister must ensure there is funding in this year’s Budget to fix the problems, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“New figures published today show more than 100 high schools didn’t make any applications for their students for special help for NCEA exams through the Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) programme.
It’s a House sitting week, so without further ado…
A big win this week for everyone who supported Labour’s campaign to get rid of zero hour contracts with National backing down and agreeing to changes which ban them. A victory too for all those New Zealanders who have had to try and exist on nothing more than a promise of work…sometime, maybe.
Gulp. National’s Jo Goodhew found herself in more than a spot of bother yesterday when Damien O’Connor let rip with a series of questions to Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy about whether or not he had confidence in his associate minister. Goodhew is, of course, that person, and unfortunately for her Mr Guy wasn’t in the House. Check out the hilarious third person exchange that ensued here:
Students are paying the cost of National's educational failure with $120 million still in the bank that should've been spent on kids’ education, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“The two biggest contributors to education under-spends in recent years have been the failure of National’s flagship 'expert teacher' plan (the IES) and their failure to get in top of the emerging crisis in special needs education.
The National Government’s refusal to even ask how many schools are charging illegal fees for entering prospective students into out-of-zone enrolment ballots is breathtakingly arrogant, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“Hollow words about asking the Education Ministry to work with the schools who have already been caught charging these illegal fees mean nothing, given two of these schools have already indicated they won’t stop this practice.
Labour today asked the Auditor-General to investigate the legality of state schools charging fees for students to go into out-of-zone enrolment ballots, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“Three Auckland schools have now acknowledged engaging in this practice and it could be much more widespread.
Four charter schools were paid $60,000 in performance bonuses last year despite only one of them fully complying with their contract, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act show Education Minister Hekia Parata was advised that three of the four schools had failed to meet all their obligations, but she gave them bonuses anyway.
Charging parents to enter their kids in school enrolment ballots is unfair and further undermines the principle of a free school education, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“The whole point of out-of-zone ballots is to ensure that extra places in those schools are allocated fairly. By introducing a fee, the schools are saying that a parent’s ability to pay will have an impact on the type of education their child will receive. That's just not right.