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Zoning out – is it time for a review?

Annual Conference logo 201418 September 2014    

The last few years have seen rising inequality between schools and the erosion of students’ right to attend their local school.

These are just some of the impacts of the current school zoning policy that PPTA members will be addressing at their annual conference this month.

Prepared by PPTA’s Waikato region the paper Zoning, Enrolment Schemes and Choice – Educational Apartheid? identifies unfairness and waste in the current zoning system and calls for a review, PPTA president Angela Roberts said.


New charter schools irresponsible

11 September 2014   

By approving four new charter schools the government is being reckless with public money and careless with our kids.

PPTA president Angela Roberts said the announcement of the new schools was “totally irresponsible” and would come at a huge cost to the existing school network.


Don’t let ACT wreck our education system

Charter Schools Unwelcome Imports7 September 2014

Epsom voters have an opportunity to protect the New Zealand education system this election.

PPTA is launching a campaign today to inform voters in the electorate about ACT’s disastrous charter school policy – with posters and leaflets being distributed.

“ACT’s education policies are based on an extremist ideology which has no basis in evidence,” PPTA President Angela Roberts says.

A single ACT MP brought in charter schools in 2011 and 2014 ACT Epsom electorate candidate David Seymour has boasted about his involvement in the policy and has committed to expanding it, she said.

“PPTA welcomes good education policy from whichever party advances it, but ACT’s policy is fundamentally broken.


Voice of profession ignored

16 July 2014

The government is clearly determined to pay only lip service to the hundreds of secondary teachers who gave the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) a resounding “no” through written and oral submissions.

In the Education and Science Select Committee report back to parliament, there are only minimal changes to the bill, which threatens to undermine the teaching profession and places students at risk.


Kiwis want smaller class sizes - survey

8 July 2014

More than eight in 10 New Zealanders - across the political spectrum - want to see secondary school classes at 25 or lower.

A UMR research poll commissioned by PPTA last month revealed more than half of Kiwi parents thought class sizes were too large, said general secretary Kevin Bunker.  

750 people aged 18 and over took part in the nationwide survey. They were asked to identify what they thought should be the maximum number of students in a secondary school class to support learning and for their views on current class sizes.

83% of those surveyed believed the number should be 25 or fewer, including 45% who thought the maximum should be 20 or fewer.

86% of parents thought the maximum should be 25 or fewer, including 48% who went with 20 or fewer, and 90% of women with children believed the maximum should be 25 or less.

“Class size has always been a major issue for teachers and these results confirm it is a major issue for parents too,” Bunker said.


PPTA welcomes move to bring back free education

2 July 2014

A free quality public education is one of the key rights of growing up in New Zealand, but sadly for many families it is not always a reality.

This is why PPTA supports today’s announcement from Labour that it will provide an annual grant of $100 per student to schools that stop asking for “voluntary” donations to fund their day-to-day spending.

PPTA has long opposed the inequities in school funding with papers to its last two annual conferences on school charges and the decile divide, president Angela Roberts said.

“The principle of free quality education for all has been eroded in recent years. Finding a way to start clawing that back is a significant step forward,” she said.