Since 2009 the government has poured $11 million into an Act Party private scholarship programme, yet a quarter of its students have not achieved the Level 2 NCEA benchmark.
Aspire scholarships are designed to help students from low-income families attend private schools. They receive government funding at over double the rate of students in public or state integrated secondary schools.
Documents released to the PPTA under the Official Information Act however show that of 29 Aspire scholarship students who have finished school, seven of them only achieved NCEA Level 1 (or equivalent) or no qualification at all.
Aspire students receive $16,500 per year in tuition fees and course related costs, compared to the average government funding of a student at a state or state integrated school of $7,217.
PPTA president Angela Roberts said it was outrageous money that could be going into the state system was being poured into a pet private project that was clearly not working.
“Such a huge subsidy to private schools is bad enough, but it is not even producing results,” she said.
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Broken promise: Aspire scholarship another ACT failure
PPTA News October 2013
PPTA News v.34 (8) October 2013
Table of contents
Please don't feed the bears! - President's viewpoint p.3;
New field officer for Canterbury and Westland p.3;
Black day for Novopay p.4;
Expecting change (26 for babies) p.5;
I need a break because ... (Employment Relations Amendment Bill) p.5;
Broken promise (Aspire scholarships) p.6;
First charter schools may disappoint p.7;
Standing up to threats (Annual Conference) p.8;
Public education to the highest bidder - charter schools (Annual Conference) p.9;
Thesis promotes school-home partnership (Komiti Pasifika) p.10;
Champion of Pasifika values joins PPTA exec (Komiti Pasifika) p.10;
Help reduce death and injury in the workplace p.11;
All set for ACE collective negotiations p.11;
Test scores don't tell the whole story p.12;
Obituary Fred Haussmann p.13;
Obituary Richard Bayliff p.13;
Ultra-fast broadband rolled out in 21 schools p.14;
Supporting an end to violence p.14;
Surplus staffing - the sombe reality of a falling roll (Field officers advice) p.15;
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PPTA News September 2013
PPTA News v.34 (7) September 2013
Table of contents
Caught between conspiracy and cock-up - President's viewpoint p.3;
Venetian dream comes to light p.4;
Analysis of learning amid loss and uncertainty (Christchurch) p.5;
Pasifika women unionists gather in Fiji p.7;
Unions standing up, fighting back p.8;
Otahuhu's learning conferences lead the way p.10;
Area school principals reach settlement p.10;
What to do when your illness overruns your sick leave (Field officers advice) p.11;
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How good is our schooling? Brian Easton comments
Researcher Brian Easton summarises his “one in five” companion paper – Ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and educational achievement: An exploration.
PISA evidence suggests our education system is doing well
While there is much grumbling about our education system, the evidence suggests it is doing very well. Every three years the OECD surveys a sample of 15-year-old students in various countries. The exercise, known as PISA (Program for International Student Assessment), looks at three dimensions: reading, mathematics and science knowledge. That is not everything we want from our young - decency would rank high on my list - but they are easier to measure, and they are important.
NZ has world class and effective education system - subject to caveats
Our educational specialists celebrate the results. In a sentence - on these measures, and subject to caveats - New Zealand students up to the age of 15 experience a world class education system. Better than “world class” actually. The superiority of the New Zealand education system is demonstrated by an average 15-year-old New Zealander being about a year ahead of the average OECD student. That’s right, our system is more effective than most of the OECD including some of those colonials we look up to — such as the American and British ones. Measured properly our system is of higher productivity.
First caveat - achievement is influenced by more than schools
First caveat, the achievement may not simply be the schools’ (including early childhood education). What happens in the home is also important, as are wider social institutions such as the media. But the schools do matter and, in any case, the informal education system is partly a consequence of what schools did for earlier generations.
Second caveat - post 15-year old education system has no comparable international measures
A second caveat is that we do not know how well the education system functions for post-15-year-olds, as there are no comparable international measures.
Achievement varies between groups
Some of our social groups do not do as well as average (but let’s avoid the fallacy of the politician who complained that half our children are below average).
Among those are the Māori. However, Māori students tend to come from a more deprived background; it is well established, throughout the OECD, that students from lower socioeconomic status households do less well educationally, illustrating the powerful way that the informal education system affects achievement.
But suppose Māori students had the same social class background as the population as a whole; how well would they do? The answer is that their educational achievement would be about a year behind our population as a whole; only about as good as what American and British students achieve.
PPTA News August 2013
Table of contents
When a spade's a spade - President's viewpoint p.3;
New advisory officer joins PPTA HQ p.3;
Maximising assistance, minimising risks (Earthquake assessment) p.4;
Principles, practices and standing tall (Maori Teachers' Conference) p.5;
PPTA women empowered and inspired p.5;
Push for 26 weeks' parental leave gathers steam p.6;
Subject associations gather under one umbrella p.7;
Leaving the field p.7;
Scrutinising simplistic stats ( 1 in 5) p.8;
How good is our schooling? (Brian Easton) p.9;
Where to next? (PLD) p.10;
ERA amendment bill undermines teachers p.11;
Hunger for change (Kirsten Sharman) p.12;
Hawke's Bay looks back and signals forward p.13;
Wairarapa farewells seasoned activist p.13;
Let's not forget the "T" in GLBTI p.14;
Workshops address phobias and promote tolerance p.14;
Membership, private schools & other establishments (Field officers advice) p.15.
PPTA News July 2013
The July 2013 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).
Table of contents:
False heroes and real villains (Quality teaching) - President's viewpoint p.3;
Fight agains attacks on education goes global p.4;
Winning wheels (Lesley Mouat) p.4;
Suffering under state negligence (school funding) p.5;
Reject the ERA bill p.5;
Breakfast behaviour p.6;
Damned if you do (Correspondence school computer system) p7;
PPTA heads to court over Novopay p.8;
Disingenuous democracy proposed p.9;
Sense of achievement (NCEA) p.9;
Unmasking the myths, enlightening the masses and getting the message across (part time teachers) p.10;
Dealing with an employment problem (PPTA Field Officer advice) p.11.
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PPTA News June 2013
PPTA News v.34 (4) June 2013
Table of contents
Minister unwilling to learn - President's viewpoint p.3;
An insider's tribute (Music teacher research) p.4;
"You don't need them" say US researchers (Ladd & Fiske on charter schools) p.5;
School counsellors team up with researchers p.6;
PPTA wins national health and safety award p.6;
The power of pink p7;
Snakes in the grass (Teachers Council Review) p.8;
Seek and destroy (Employment Relations Act) p.10;
ASTCA ratified, signed and sealed p.10;
Sharing breakfast (Food in schools) p.11;
The West Coast's raging fire of culture (Kapa Haka) p.12;
Beautiful and fearsome oratory (Nga manu korero) p.13;
When did your school last review its timetable policy? p.14;
Hawke's Bay PPTA honours its rising stars p.14;
Educator sought for $37K scholarship (Fulbright New Zealand) p.15.
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PPTA News May 2013
PPTA News v.34 (3) May 2013
Table of contents:
Coloured by numbers - President's viewpoint p.3;
Bedrock branch acknowledged p.4;
17 May is Pink Shirt Day p.4;
Creative licensing (Creative Commons licences) p.5;
Warning signs (Charter schools) p.6;
Who wants to run a charter school? p.6;
Schools "need time" to study pathways plan p.7;
Counting the cost (Novopay) p.8;
Payroll staff acknowledged with morning teas p.8;
Food for thought (Community Campaign for Food in Schools) p.9;
Stand up youth union movement p.9;
Suspect meetings - PPTA Field Officer advice p.10;
Christchurch gets new field officer p.10.
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