Recent PPTA press/media releases.
Paid union meetings called over EDUCANZ attack on profession
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:29
PPTA members will be holding paid union meetings (PUMs) next month as preparation for making submissions on legislation that attacks the teaching profession.
The Education Amendment Bill (No 2), which the government clearly intends to push through before the election, establishes a new professional body for teachers - the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ).
EDUCANZ, which is set to replace the current New Zealand Teachers Council (NZTC), purports to be about “raising the status of the profession” but the reality is very different, PPTA president Angela Roberts says.
“It’s clear from the bill that the intention isn’t so much to ‘raise the status of teaching’ as to remove professional autonomy and bring teachers firmly under the control of politicians,” she said.
Collaborative strategy good news for schools
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 01:51
23 January 2014
Government plans to put resources into teaching and learning rather than finance and administration are being greeted with optimism by PPTA.
President Angela Roberts said Prime Minister John Key’s announcement that $359 million would be invested in teaching and school leadership over the next four years was a positive one.
She praised his commitment to ““support a culture of collaboration within and across schools” and said the creation of principal and teacher positions to provide leadership and support across communities of schools marked the beginning of a collaborative approach long sought by PPTA.
“Enabling schools to support each-other rather than compete against each-other is a good response to a problem that has bedeviled our education system since the introduction of Tomorrow’s Schools,” Roberts said.
Acknowledging that this required resources to sustain was also a positive step, she said.
Roberts praised the strategy’s focus on providing time for principals and teachers to share their resources instead of dangling a financial carrot.
“It’s not just about rewarding individuals it is about providing them with time and enabling them to share what they know to support their colleagues across schools – and that rewards everyone.”
Government ignores international advice and PISA rankings drop
- Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 01:07
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.
Minister must consult about charter schools to avoid fresh disasters
- Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 03:11
22 November 2013
The minister of education should focus on cleaning up the mess she’s made by threatening to open two charter schools in Northland before embarking on another round of applications, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
“We know communities and the whanau of students in Northland are not happy the minister overlooked consulting them about the impact charter schools will have on kura kaupapa and the rest of the public school system in the region,” she said.
“While there is no disagreement between communities, whanau, teachers and the minister over the need to address the problem of low student achievement in Northland, there is considerable disagreement about the solution.”
Govt can stop students going to exams hungry
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 19:43
11 November 2013
This week there will be students going in to their NCEA exams hungry, something the government has the opportunity to fix.
On Wednesday the Feed the Kids Bill will have its first reading, and PPTA urges all parties to support it to go to Select Committee.
PPTA president Angela Roberts said the association wanted each young person to achieve their potential, but poor nutrition undermines this.
Students from the government’s “priority groups”, Maori, Pasifika and low-socio-economic status are the ones who are most likely to come to school without having had breakfast, she said.
PPTA standing firm against charter schools
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 20:00
3 October, 2013
PPTA is standing firm to face down the "ultimate asset sale".
Members voted to support a paper presented at today's PPTA annual conference that will give them the strength to see off the charter school threat.
The paper demands the $19 million set aside for charter schools be returned to the state school sector to fund programmes that raise achievement for at-risk students, and states that PPTA will continue to fight for the abolition of the charter school legislation.
- Professional development pounded out of existence
- Fighting poverty through schools as community hubs
- Teachers council overhaul a major assault on the profession
- PPTA annual conference - finding answers; fighting back
- We will fight charter schools every step of the way
- Minister 'blacks out' what's really happening with Novopay
- $200 million wasted on inadequate professional development
- Research reveals 1 in 5 failure claim inaccurate and simplistic
- Voters say no to unregistered teachers and private profiteering "“ PPTA survey
- Budget strips millions from schools to pay for pet projects
- Want to raise achievement? Extend paid parental leave
- Select committee ignores submissions on charter schools
- Package meets costs but teachers still seek compensation
- Survey highlights real impact of Novopay
- Charter school scam defies democracy
- PPTA launches group legal action over Novopay
- Thanks minister Joyce but sympathy doesn't pay the mortgage
- Resounding no to charter schools from New Zealand and New Orleans
- Letters to Hekia Parata and Steven Joyce regarding Novopay
- Enough talk - Novopay rescue package needed now