While secondary school principals are working alongside the Ministry of Education to move forward on the Government’s $359m Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative, primary school principals have voted against the scheme.
Secondary schooling sector groups have reached agreement with the Ministry on key aspects of initiative this week, with secondary principals preparing to vote on proposed changes to the Government’s flagship education policy.
However, support for IES is not shared by their primary school counterparts, with the over 70 per cent of those who voted electing not to enter formal bargaining to vary the relevant Collective Agreements. A resounding 93 per cent of teachers and principals voted "no confidence" in the government's plan. Seventy per cent of primary school teachers and principals voted, in 83 per cent of schools.
“We all support the Government’s goal to raise student achievement, and the best way to do that is to invest the money in programmes and initiatives that make a difference for all kids, not in a few teachers’ and principals’ pay packets,” says Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.
NZEI Te Riu Roa President Judith Nowotarski agrees.
“It is time for the Government to return to the drawing board and come up with something that unequivocally puts children’s needs first," she says.