ACT'S Two-Point Plan to Solve the Teachers' Strike

Published: Fri 19 Jul 2002 03:28 PM
ACT'S Two-Point Plan to Solve the Teachers' Strike
Friday 19 Jul 2002
Speech by Hon Richard Prebble, Leader ACT NZ
Massey University, Palmerston North
Friday, 19 July 2002 at 1pm
ACT has a plan to solve the teachers' strike.
Both the government and the unions are wrong. Neither the unions' demand nor the government's offer will solve the problems facing teachers and education.
The real problems facing education are:
* A dumbing down of teachers. Schools cannot get qualified teachers to teach maths and science. The number of teachers with an MA in English has halved in a decade.
* The NCEA, which is replacing School Certificate, is swamping teachers in paperwork.
ACT would immediately allow school boards to negotiate a pay rise to teachers, on merit.
ACT says firstly, for quality education we must pay good teachers more. The teachers' wage award has expired, so negotiating individual contracts requires no law change. The government can do it at once.
Secondly, abolish the NCEA. ACT has made enquiries. There is still time to set School Certificate examinations this year, so pupils won't suffer from this politically-correct experiment.
There are 10 reasons why the NCEA should be scrapped:
1. It is untested anywhere in the world.
2. Our children are guinea pigs.
3. The NCEA has no international standing.
4. The NCEA overloads teachers, leaving little time to teach.
5. The new system is grossly under-resourced.
6. The NCEA dumbs down learning. The test levels are set lower than School Certificate and it is demoralising pupils.
7. The NCEA attempts to compartmentalise knowledge, rather than recognising that different subjects are interconnected.
8. The NCEA is being marked differently by different schools. So we now have no real standards.
9. The NCEA has no marks, so pupils do not know how they are doing. It is meaningless for employers.
10. The NCEA is going to destroy education as an export earner. Overseas students want real qualifications.
Only ACT has opposed the NCEA. National, Labour, NZ First and the Greens have supported this experiment.
ACT says we need world-class education. When 80 percent of teachers who are administering the NCEA say that it is not working, and half say that if it continues they will leave teaching, we have a real crisis.
The union which has backed the social experiment cannot admit that it is the NCEA, not pay, that is making the strike impossible to settle.
Only the election of ACT on Saturday can settle the teachers' strike.

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on the school climate strike
By: Gordon Campbell
Latest OIA statistics released
By: State Services Commission
New legal action taken against 'Hit and Run' inquiry
Mokihinui River catchment land to be added to Kahurangi
By: New Zealand Government
An Open Letter from the Youth of Aotearoa
By: SchoolStrike
We're striking and we're doing it right!
By: School strike 4 climate
Wairarapa college students will join international protest
By: Carys Gibbs
Christchurch students to join global Climate Strike
By: SchoolStrike
Climate change protest on school day divides MPs
Principals seek guidance over students climate strike
The Nation: National Party leader Simon Bridges
By: The Nation
Student climate change strike gets backing from Gov Minister
Gradual transition to sustainable agriculture key - O'Connor
By: BusinessDesk
Renewable power climbs in 2018 despite increased coal burn
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media