Educators call on new government to take action
19 October 2017
Teachers and educators have huge hope that the new Labour led Government will herald the rebuilding of New Zealand’s
public education system and restore our children’s birthright to a free, world-class education.
Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First have all promised to restore funding for schools and early childhood education,
and scrap discredited policies such as National Standards and charter schools.
“This new Government is an opportunity to make children a priority once again,” said NZEI president Lynda Stuart. “Our
children deserve the best education in the world, New Zealand can afford to provide it, and it’s time to give it to
“NZEI members will hold the new Government to account for its promises to children and to those who work in education.
“We anticipate making real progress on our two key priorities for next year – achieving pay equity for support staff,
support workers and ECE teachers, and fixing the teacher shortage through getting better pay and more time for teachers
to teach and for principals to lead.”
Educators also expect action on the key education policies, which all three parties have promised, including:
• Restoring funding to ECE, which has suffered a nine year subsidy freeze, and returning to 100 percent qualified
teachers for every child.
• A funding jolt for schools, which have been increasing parent donations dramatically in order to cope with the
• Dramatically increasing the number of children funded to receive additional learning support – thousands of kids
are currently missing out.
• Better and more culturally appropriate support for Māori and Pasifika learners.
• Centrally funding support staff so schools aren’t forced to cut back on learning support for children when their
budgets are tight.
“After nine years of neglect and deliberate underfunding, fixing school and early childhood education will not be easy
and it won’t be cheap. But all our children are worth it,” Ms Stuart said.