“This 2014 budget is one of the worst in recent history – especially for election year.
The 2 per cent increase in the school operations grant after taking inflation into account, the needs of present-day education, and the increase in immigration, is actually a cut; the small allocations for the ‘Reading Together’ programme and digital literacy (a little over $4 million altogether) are miniscule in scope though well directed; and the small increase for support teachers pathetic.
As we know the $359 million for the cluster programme (for secondary and primary and over four years) will do nothing for children, indeed it will represent if it occurs, a plunge to an education cataclysm. The budget also points to a possibly less than 1 per cent rise in salaries for teachers – compare that to the wrongness of the salaries for expert teachers.
Yet the president of NZPF has virtually nothing to say.
Where is the programme of budgetary needs and system changes the NZPF should be demanding? Surely, a programme of budgetary needs and system changes carefully set out and widely distributed is a fundamental role of a teacher organisation – but it seems to be a fundamental role unfulfilled.
These are perilous times for school education; these are terrible times for schools wanting to address satisfactorily the real needs of children.
In my view, as suggested above we are on the precipice of an education cataclysm.”
via Networkonnet: directions for primary education as a basis for budget and election year demands.