Recent PPTA press/media releases.
Illegal employment practices
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 02:24
28 September 2016
Only 15 percent of new graduates being employed in permanent positions upon leaving study, with many more being forced to accept illegal contracts says the Post Primary Teachers Association.
A paper presented today at the PPTA annual conference shows that schools are relying more and more on fixed-term and part time contracts. The use of fixed term contracts without genuine reason and repeated fixed term contracts is illegal.
“Schools often don’t know what their funding will be from year to year, and sometimes even from term to term, and they are using fixed term contracts as a way to manage funding. Sometimes they use fixed term contracts as a way to illegally “trial” new teachers. Whatever the reason, the result is a new class of teachers who have no secure income,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.
“Too many beginning teachers are finding themselves graduating into a ‘career-less’ work environment. When teachers have no stable or predictable income it can negatively affect their personal and professional life.”
Leadership roles in schools vacant due to work overload and stress
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 01:57
28 September 2016
Schools are facing a chronic shortage of middle leaders with over 40 percent of teachers reporting not wanting to take up the roles due to high workload and inadequate compensation.
“Curriculum leaders are an essential part of every school team but unfortunately the demands being placed on the role are making the role undesirable and untenable,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.
“If the Minister of Education wants middle leaders to take on performance appraisals, changes in digital technology, NCEA quality assurance, data management and board of trustee reporting – just to name a few of the tasks expected – she needs to make sure there is good support and compensation for these extra responsibilities.”
“We would like to see these roles well supported, so our many talented teachers have an opportunity to use their skills for the benefit of schools, young people and their own careers.”
At least 10 percent more funding needed to support young people at risk
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 21:54
7 September 2016
Secondary teachers around the country are calling for extra funding for schools who teach at risk students.
“It is not tolerable to accept that some students will fail at school due to circumstances beyond their control,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.
“Equity funding is one way we can compensate for some of those factors, such as low socio economic status and overcrowded and substandard housing,” she said.
“We have been looking at examples from the Netherlands and the USA that show a marked improvement in achievement by disadvantaged students after extra funding was allocated to those schools. The USA and Dutch examples of equity funding changes show that extra teaching staff are some of the most important resources that schools use to compensate for disadvantage,” Roberts said.
“In New Zealand, an equity funding approach that includes funding specifically for extra teaching and support staff, as well as operational funding is most likely to lift achievement.” Roberts said. “The PPTA believes the government should take up our wero and prioritise this approach.”
New charter schools create inequity and waste public money
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 01:12
30 August 2016
The announcement today by the Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education that two new charter schools are to open is yet another barrier to equality says the PPTA. The schools will open in Hamilton and Napier in 2017.
“Not only do charter schools lack any of the financial, social and educational accountabilities required of state schools, they actually increase inequality,” says PPTA Hamilton executive representative, Vinnie Monga.
“At this year’s US National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) conference, members voted for a moratorium on charter schools,* saying they have ‘contributed to the increased segregation rather than diverse integration of our public school system’; and they would know, they have had charter schools in the US for 25 years,” she says.
Julian Lumbreras, PPTA Hawkes Bay regional chair says, “We feel like this has gone on long enough. Charter schools don’t work, and they don’t belong in New Zealand. We question the motive behind opening more before any genuine evaluation of the policy has taken place. This is symptomatic of the government’s evidence-free education plan.”
“The public school system in our country is excellent, if under-funded. Quality teaching and learning for each young person is at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the very best future for students. Our schools are innovative and collaborative.”
“Public education is what we need in this country, not more publically-funded privately-run unaccountable charter schools.” Lumbreras says.
For further comment please contact Vinnie Monga and/or Julian Lumbreras.
PPTA Hamilton executive representative, Vinnie Monga, 029 120 3861
PPTA Hawkes Bay regional chair, Julian Lumbreras, 027 470 9461
Minister Parata loses her COOL
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 06:35
24 August 2016
Education Minister Hekia Parata has started ducking for cover and making policy on the fly whilst trying to justify her new privatised education model, says the PPTA.
“In Parliament yesterday, the minister responded to widespread criticism of her ill-conceived Communities of Online Learning (COOL) plan by making things up.” says PPTA junior vice-president Jack Boyle, “She stated in the House that there will be a restriction on the enrolment of students for whom there is a high risk of disengagement in an online environment.”
“That will be news to the Ministry of Education, who made the exact opposite statement in the regulatory impact statement on the Bill when it said the intention was to enable ‘any student to enrol at a COOL’.”
Bad acronym, worse idea: online publicly funded private schools a disaster in the making
- Last Updated on Monday, 05 September 2016 00:50
23 August 2016
The Minister of Education’s announcement today that Communities of online learning (Cools) will be created to allow corporate entities to enter the education “market” is nothing but blatant privatisation, says the PPTA.
“Learning online is already here, ask any parent with children at school.” says PPTA President Angela Roberts, ‘What this does is open up a market for any provider to get public funding to offer online education, in competition with public schools.”
“Schools already have many ways of blending face-to-face with online learning. There will be no new opportunities created for our rangatahi with this change. The only benefit will be for business.”
“Coming at the same time that the funding review is proposing a standardised per-child amount being provided in a cash sum to schools, the proposal for ‘Cools’ sets up the possibility of student vouchers being used to fund private online schools.”
“There are two wildly incorrect assumptions that underpin this idea,” says Angela Roberts. “One is that online learning can substitute for face-to-face, and the other is that a more competitive market in education is going to lead to better results. Both of these fly in the face of all the evidence.”
“This policy would put New Zealand in the bracket of countries with the most free-market education systems in the world and similar to some US states. I don’t think this is what New Zealand parents want for their children.”
For further comment please contact PPTA president Angela Roberts 021 806 337
- Educators join forces for better funding for learning
- Dedicated careers advice for students welcome
- Inaccurate charter school media reports
- Minister undermines State Sector Act
- Charter school ‘pilot’ fooling no one
- Area school teachers to vote on settlement
- Charter school authorisation board should be sacked
- Valuing teachers
- Secondary teachers' collective agreement ratified
- Implacable opposition to charter schools continues
- Middle leadership in crisis
- Virulent teacher education market tough on schools
- PPTA members to vote on settlement
- Professional issues, politics and policy – PPTA annual conference
- NCEA threatened by government meddling
- Charter school policy made up on the fly
- Unions, ministry collaborate for PB4L Conference
- Primary job shortages not mirrored in secondary
- Massive surplus for cash cow charter
- PPTA members vote to boycott Educanz nominations