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Government Offer to Principals Nothing But an Insult!

Published: Fri 1 Jun 2018 01:16 PM
Government Offer to Principals Nothing But an Insult!
The offer received yesterday is the biggest Claytons Offer I have ever seen… a non offer…an insult. It treats principals with derision and contempt!
No mention of the massive workload issues in our claim!!!
A miserable pittance of 2-3 k a year over 3 years.
It shows little understing of the pressures of our job, in fact it shows we are not valued in the slightest
It is an insult to all of us for the hard work we have had to put into providing an education for our children with a total lack of any resourcing.
It is an insult to all of us as it expects us to carry on doing this on an offer that at best can be called pitiful
It is an insult because it certainly doesn’t not address the fact that principals are leaving the job in droves and there are not huge lines waiting to step up.
It is an insult because the Minister and this government have been running Educational Summits filled with hope and parroting how they intend to change the educational landscape for kids. Great, but on whose shoulders will they expect this work to fall? On our shoulders, and they expect to do this on a pittance.
I’m told reliably that the starting wage in the IT industry in Auckland is not far off $150k a year… This government through its appalling offer, is telling NZ, that my job with 50+ staff, 400+ children, parents, behavioural and social problems to deal as well as having to put up with the incompetence of governments, Ministry and ERO, is nowhere as important as tinkering with a computer???
As a profession we have always put our children first. This has always been used against us getting a fair and equitable return so that we have the current situation:- a rundown profession, paid poorly with no one lining up for the role. Is that the best way to help our kids or is enough enough???
ENDS
Pat Newman
Principal Hora Hora School
President Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association

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