Time for a number of Christchurch schools to learn what the Government has in store for them. Earlier this year interim decisions for education restructuring in the city were made, seeing 19 schools closed or merged, and 12 kept open. Education Minister Hekia Parata will announce her final decisions on the proposals in Christchurch this afternoon.
Education Minister Hekia Parata says the goal is to raise the education achievement of Maori children and to encourage the use of the language. She says the former Deputy Prime Minister fits the bill. "We wanted someone who understood the modern contemporary application of the Treaty of Waitangi. We wanted someone who was very familiar with the process of Government and the formulation of policy."
"And whilst on the subject of Hekia Parata, a sensible decision not to appeal the High Court decision on Phillipstown School. If she had done that, Matthew Doocey would kiss goodbye to any chance of denting Labour's Chch East majority. It's taken a while, but there might be hope for Hekia yet after a rough couple of years where she has had the reverse Midas touch."
A Northland principal is calling for heads to roll in the Education Ministry as the Novopay debacle continues into the Christmas holiday period. The $30 million staff payroll system by Australian firm Talent2 has been causing headaches since it was introduced in August. Education Minister Hekia Parata dismissed initial complaints and assured principals the problems would be ironed out in the first few weeks. However, errors have continued almost unabated.
A Rotorua principal says scrapping Novopay altogether may be the only way to fix teacher pay problems. The Ministry of Education announced last week that it would consider moving forward a planned review into the Novopay system. Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand president and John Paul College principal Patrick Walsh said scrapping the system, and returning to the old payroll system, might not be politically palatable but it could be the Government's only option.
Parata shocked principals by moving forward the date for the proposed closures and mergers to next year. Schools had previously been told they would have at least two years to plan for the changes. Parata said the dates had been brought forward to provide certainty for pupils, parents, staff and the wider community