INDEPENDENT NEWS

Treasury should stick to its knitting

Published: Tue 20 Mar 2012 05:11 PM
20th March 2012
Treasury should stick to its knitting
The education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa is asking why Treasury is trying to call the shots in education and says it needs to stick to its knitting.
Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf is singling out student achievement and teacher quality and performance as the key to the country’s success. He says what’s needed is more investment in teachers, better measures to reward them and more robust career progression.
He is also repeating earlier Treasury advice around increasing class sizes and student-teacher ratios in a bid to free up money in education.
NZEI is questioning what expertise Treasury has in trying to shape educational policy.
“It is well known and I think most people would agree that while teacher quality is very important, teacher quality alone cannot raise student achievement as Mr Makhlouf is arguing,” says NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter.
There are a range of factors which affect student achievement. New Zealand researcher John Hattie says a child’s educational achievement is most closely linked to parental hopes and expectations.
“Treasury would be better to focus on economic solutions to child poverty and inequality. It needs to be looking at how we can ensure children are well fed, well housed and well-clothed so that they are in a position to get the most out of their learning,” Mr Goulter says.
NZEI says teachers want to be involved in making New Zealand’s top performing system even better and ensuring that New Zealand has the highest quality teachers.
“To do that the government needs to listen and take advice from those at the chalkface about how best to build and maintain a quality teaching workforce and raise student achievement. It would be disappointing to see Treasury being relied upon as the experts in education”.
ENDS
NZEI
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.
Contact NZEI
Website:
YouTube:
Media Contact:
media@nzei.org.nz
Phone:
04 382 2703
Facebook:
Email:

Next in New Zealand politics

On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion
By: Gordon Campbell
Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone
By: Mediaworks
SFO Files Charges In Relation To NZ First Foundation Donations
By: Serious Fraud Office
Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations
By: New Zealand Media and Entertainment
Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics
By: New Zealand Labour Party
On Last Night’s Leaders Debate
By: Gordon Campbell
Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On
By: Peter Dunne
Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released
By: Electoral Commission
National Releases Its Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity
By: New Zealand National Party
The 2020 New Zealand Election Is Not A Foregone Conclusion.
By: Keith Rankin
Overseas Voting Starts On Wednesday
By: Electoral Commission
Politicians To Go Head To Head On Education Issues In Election Debate
By: NZEI Te Riu Roa
New Zealand First Fully Exonerated Of All SFO Charges
By: New Zealand First Party
Links to two judgments in the SFO's NZ First Foundation case
By: New Zealand High Court
Green Party Responds To NZ First Foundation SFO Charges
By: Green Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media