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Coalition talks should see big wins for education

Published: Mon 25 Sep 2017 01:34 PM
Coalition talks should see big wins for education
25 September 2017
Whatever Government coalition emerges from negotiations in the coming weeks, educators are optimistic of major progress on the funding and quality of education, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.
"New Zealand First is likely to have a significant influence on the shape of any future Government. The fact it has campaigned strongly on improving education for all our children gives us genuine hope that real gains for all our children's education are on the way," NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart said.
"Regardless of who is in Government, this election is still an opportunity to fix public and early childhood education so it works for every single Kiwi child," said Ms Stuart.
“Under its education spokesperson Tracey Martin, NZ First has campaigned strongly on many policies that NZEI members also want progress on, and we're fully expecting NZ First to take these policies to the bargaining table.
"The majority of New Zealanders voted for parties that are committed to a major increase in funding for ECE and schools, and for real change especially for those with additional learning needs who are missing out now."
Policies NZ First has campaigned on, which could lead to big wins for children include:
• Ensuring funding meets individual learner needs, which are identified at an earlier stage and given appropriate support, instead of the current chronic lack of funding.
• Scrapping National Standards
• 100 percent qualified teachers in ECE
• Restoration of the per-child ECE subsidy, which has been frozen since 2008.
• Advocating for a higher trust model, allowing teachers more autonomy to drive progress.
• Repeal Charter Schools.
“We’re looking forward to seeing politicians negotiate a coalition agreement that has as its heart Article Three of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Ms Stuart.
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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.
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