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Holiday pay and start of the school year
Advice to teachers about their pay over the Christmas break period to the start of the school year 28 January 2014.
Teachers’ Xmas pay brought forward to 21 December
School pay for pay period 20, which was due to be paid on Christmas Day, will instead be paid on 21 December, according to a statement released yesterday (3/12) by Steven Joyce, the minister in charge of Novopay.
Update on Novopay end of year progress - media release
Payroll hotline available over holidays
If you experience payroll issues and can’t get hold of your school’s Executive Officer over the summer break, the Ministry of Education has a hotline available every day that banks will be open (that’s all week days that aren’t statutory holidays).
Call or email:
• 04 463 8383
Government ignores international advice and PISA rankings drop
4 December 2013
The government knew back in 2009 what it would take to keep New Zealand on an educational footing with the rest of the world, but chose to ignore international advice.
It is no real surprise then, that three years later, the country’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) achievement and equity rankings have dropped, PPTA president Angela Roberts says.
It’s often overlooked that PISA is not just a league table, but it also provides policy advice on what the best countries do, Roberts said.
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) advice issued after the 2009 PISA results focused on the importance of addressing socio-economic inequality in schools.
The government instead had chosen to focus on a number of initiatives that were based on ideology rather than evidence – stripping funding from the public schooling system and syphoning it into private projects, Roberts said.
The government had taken a narrow focus on numbers and league tables rather than addressing inequality, she said
“It's fascinating that this government seems pretty obsessed with the results, but doesn't pay any attention to the policy advice,” she said.
“OECD advice shows countries with successful education systems address inequality, invest in teachers and have stability in school funding. In New Zealand we have $10 million a year stripped from schools through the quarterly funding system, large class sizes and 270,000 of our young people living in poverty.