A new Universities New Zealand study showing qualified teacher aides are earning less than those with no qualifications at all, shows just how much the system needs to change, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“Teacher aides work with some of our most disadvantaged students, yet they are often poorly paid, receive very little in the way of professional support, and have next to no job security. That’s unfair and needs to change.
The decision by education provider IEG to suspend dividends following its subsidiary Quantum being referred to the Serious Fraud Office underlines the serious issues facing the tertiary sector, says Associate Education spokesperson David Cunliffe.
“IEG, a publically listed company, is one of New Zealand’s largest providers of private tertiary education services.
The Ministry of Education forked out a whopping $100,000 a day on consultants and contractors last year – eight times more since National came to office in 2008, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“The Ministry appears to be throwing money at consultants so fast it often doesn’t even bother to use government rules for tendering.
The Ministry of Education boss Peter Hughes seems to be under some kind of illusion if he holds the view that “all students have access to a digital device”, says Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Jenny Salesa.
“Peter Hughes today made the statement before the Education and Science Select Committee so I invited him to South Auckland where schools don’t have money to provide technical gadgets.
“The reality, especially in South Auckland, is that parents are getting into debt due to the growing demand for their kids to have these modern tools.
Parents will be horrified Hekia Parata is overseeing a $19.5 million refit for Education Ministry staff which includes a “concierge style reception” and “Koru Lounge” while some of their children sit in leaking mouldy classrooms, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
Last week my whānau took our mokopuna to the Powhiri for new students, at his new High school. So I was able to speak to a number of parents who had been thinking about what the future holds for their children. Parents and their tamariki in their last years of high school will be making some important life decisions.
Maybe their child will go into trades training, an apprenticeship or on to study at university they’ll face big fees and living expenses. Training for a career is exciting but the thought of big loans and debt is hardly the stuff of the great Kiwi dream. It makes all those other big life decisions – buying a house, marriage and having children – so much harder.
It beggars belief that Steven Joyce will use a downturn in student numbers to reinvest in tertiary institutions when he has acted like one man razor gang against the sector, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
“The Tertiary Education Minister today claimed he would reinvest some of the $120 million fall in Government funding that universities and other tertiary institutions face because of a forecast loss of 10,000 students over the next three years.