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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tick for Kids – it takes a child to raise a country

17 June 2014

Parties and candidates vying for our votes over the next three months will be reminded today that it takes a child to raise a country.

The Tick for Kids campaign launches in Auckland this afternoon with a crucial reminder for politicians to make sure children are central to their platforms.

PPTA President Angela Roberts welcomed the attention on the needs of the 285,000 children in poverty.

Our educational challenges will never be resolved until we address the problems far too many children and young people face in the world outside school,” she said.

“Recent research from the USA shows conclusively that spending more money on the education of children from poor backgrounds makes a significant difference to their achievement rates at school and their ongoing life chances.”

Smaller classes and better access to the services they need made a real difference to young people who were already disadvantaged when they arrived at school, she said.

“These are options that politicians here should be considering.”

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Banks verdict gives government chance to walk away from charter schools

6 June 2014


The guilty verdict handed down against former Act leader John Banks means Hekia Parata can immediately put a stop to further rounds of charter schools.

PPTA President Angela Roberts said the schools were introduced by sleight of hand in the National-Act coalition deal as the price for Banks’ support.

“Now that Banks is history, the government doesn’t owe him a thing and should call a halt to this unwelcome experiment.”

The second round of applications is underway at the moment. Nineteen have already been received, including from fringe religious organisations, existing private schools, and a US based charter school chain, Roberts said.

“If the government doesn’t stop this round in its tracks, it gives the public a clear indication this is a National Party policy as much as an Act one, and they will be held to account for that come election time,” she said.

“Surveys consistently show that parents want qualified, registered, teachers, and schools to be transparent in their operation and funding - which charters aren’t.”

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