Education

Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools

Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Exams are stressful enough for students. Those asking for their booklets are desperately hoping they can improve on their results and obtain certainty. Receiving someone else’s booklets would have added to their stress.

Phillipstown will get reprieve under Labour

A Labour government will allow Phillipstown School to stay open, with a review after two years, Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Megan Woods says.

“Hekia Parata has failed the Phillipstown community with today’s decision to close the school.

“It is disgraceful that even after the courts over-ruled her initial botched process, she has ploughed on with her pre-determined plan to strip this community of its local schools.

“The school’s merger has been decided without any real evidence that it is best for the community, or the teachers, parents and students.

Hekia Parata fails to answer basic questions

Education Minister Hekia Parata’s inability to answer even the most basic questions about her proposed new Executive Principal roles will have alarm bells ringing in school communities all around the country, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Schools are already concerned if they have a great principal they could find them taken away from their school for two days a week.

“Hekia Parata’s failure to answer simple questions about what evidence underpinned this proposal will only increase their level of concern.

Principals fire warning shot over ‘expert’ plan

Calls from school principals for the Government to meet certain conditions before they support its expert teaching policy should be a wake up for Education Minister Hekia Parata, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“The Principals’ Federation has today said the Government must prove this policy is based on evidence and developed in a timely fashion, consulting with the sector in an open and transparent way.

Steven Joyce in denial as schools battle Novopay

The Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce is in denial, claiming the system is improving despite principals pulling their hair out over payroll issues, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“The Principals Federation today said the end of the financial year has created a new ‘nightmare’ for school payrolls and has described the increased workload as ‘intolerable’.

“The Federation’s helpline has been inundated with calls about accrued leave errors which are making school payroll staff ‘despair’.

Will there be McSchools under National?

Education Minister Hekia Parata needs to tell the public whether international companies will be part of the Government’s schools-for-sale experiment, Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Megan Woods says.

“Seven of the 28 companies that bid for the Minister’s so-called ‘market sounding exercise’ for four public private partnerships were international corporations.

“That is a huge concern.  Are we going to see McDonald’s running schools in New Zealand? Communities, not international companies, should be running our schools.

Key must come clean on performance funding

John Key needs to come clean on National’s plans for  “performance’’ funding in schools, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“In the wake of a recent OECD PISA report strongly underlining the impact of poverty and inequality on educational achievement, we now have suggestions of a policy that will strip resources from the schools that need it most and give it to those that are already thriving.

“This is more of the same from a Prime Minister and a Government that have repeatedly shown contempt for the idea of equality of choice and opportunity for all.

Hekia’s plans will rob kids of opportunity

Hekia Parata’s radical plans to shake-up school funding show just how dangerous a re-elected National government could be and have the potential to rob thousands of Kiwi kids of their chance to achieve to their full potential, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Hekia Parata’s plan to introduce so-called performance funding for schools marks the most radical shake-up of our school system in a generation, and it has the potential to leave thousands of children’s futures crushed in its wake.

Bill for Novopay bungles tops $43 million

The taxpayer now faces a bill of at least $43 million because of Education Minister Hekia Parata’s bungled decision to implement the failed Novopay payroll system, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Today’s revelation by Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce that remediation costs for Novopay have already topped $33 million and another $10 million has been budgeted for, clearly shows Novopay never should have been given the green light in the first place.

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