This is a round-up of the immediate press releases and news reports on today’s IES rejection by the primary education sector:
NZEI Press Release: Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first and reject the IES
Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles.
A resounding 93 percent of teachers and principals voted “no confidence” in the government’s plan.
When asked whether they wanted to try to reshape the policy or start again, 73 percent voted to reject the proposed new roles outright rather than try to change the policy through negotiation.
Instead they have called on the Government talk to parents, teachers and principals to to come up with a better way to spend the $359 million directly on children’s education.
Labour Party Press Release: National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
NZ Herald: Teachers reject Govt’s flagship education policy
The NZEI union has announced that it will not engage in collective negotiations in an attempt to shape how the reform will take shape.
Ninety-three per cent of its members who voted said they had “no confidence” in the government’s plan.
Dominion Post: Teachers reject Govt’s education plan
The country’s biggest teacher union has overwhelmingly rejected the Government’s $359 million education policy.
The announcement today by NZEI that 93 per cent of teachers and principals voted “no confidence” in the policy could potentially scupper the Government’s Investing in Educational Success plans.
The policy, announced in January, has divided teachers and principals and only minutes before NZEI’s announcement the Minister of Education revealed a memorandum of understanding has been signed with a number of principals from other organisations across the country.
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PRESS RELEASE: Latest F for Hekia Parata – Green Party
The Green Party agrees with the need for more collaboration and non-contact time for teachers, but disagrees that the Government’s hierarchical approach is the way to achieve that, said the Green Party today.
The NZEI today voted with a 93 percent majority to reject the Government’ flagship education policy.
“This is the latest of the Minister’s expensive flagship education policies that she has failed to get over the line,” said Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty today.
“Hekia Parata needs to stop meddling with the system and start working with it instead.