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Education minister fails to address dire teacher shortage

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 4:28 pm | PPTA

“In the context of serious shortages in key subject areas and wider challenges in other subjects and in an increasing number of geographical areas today’s policy release is a fail”, says PPTA president Jack Boyle, in response to the education ... More >>

Latest report another charter school white-wash

Friday, 5 May 2017, 7:37 pm | PPTA

Latest report another charter school white-wash The second charter school report, released today, is more of a public-relations exercise than rigorous evaluation. The government contracted a consultancy firm for $375,000 to evaluate charter schools, ... More >>

NCEA target ditched, good news for real learning

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:05 pm | PPTA

Secondary teachers around the country will be breathing sighs of relief as they hear the news that the 85 percent target for NCEA level 2 has been scrapped, says PPTA president Jack Boyle. “The government’s 85 percent target was an arbitrary ... More >>

Opportunities lost as government ignores expertise

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 11:08 am | PPTA

The government has ignored children, parents, teachers and other education experts by only making minor and technical changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Bill. This is not a good way to create legislation, and is a lost opportunity to take proactive ... More >>

No charters please, says PPTA to tertiary sector

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:39 am | PPTA

Secondary teachers are urging tertiary institutions not to go down the charter school path. Recent changes to the Education Act allow public tertiary education institutions to run charter schools. PPTA president Jack Boyle says, “We want our tertiary colleagues ... More >>

TOP policy on NCEA would be good for students and teachers

Monday, 20 February 2017, 1:15 pm | PPTA

No NCEA exams until a student’s final year of school is an interesting policy to put on the education agenda, says PPTA president Jack Boyle. More >>

Universal te reo in schools will rejuvenate the language

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 11:21 am | PPTA

Teachers around the country congratulate the Green Party for its commitment to teaching te reo Māori to every New Zealand child. PPTA Te Huarahi representative Johnny Waititi says, “E tautoko marika mātou ngā hiahia, ngā tumanako o Te Pāti Kākariki ... More >>

Yet another ‘fail’ for charter schools

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 9:46 am | Post Primary Teachers' Association

Teachers in public schools are not surprised to hear that the success rates being touted by charter schools are not true at all. More >>

Corporate online schools a terrible idea

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 1:24 pm | PPTA

International expert on virtual and charter schools, Professor Gary Miron says it would be a terrible mistake for New Zealand to allow private entities to own and run online schools. “Online learning is an important education tool for students. ... More >>

MPs: please vote to abolish charter schools today - PPTA

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 12:01 pm | PPTA

Teachers around the country are hopeful MPs will look at the evidence and vote in parliament today to abolish charter schools. PPTA president Angela Roberts says, “Charter schools are not needed in Aotearoa New Zealand. We already have a public ... More >>

Statement from Angela Roberts, PPTA president

Friday, 14 October 2016, 12:01 pm | PPTA

“On behalf of the PPTA, I send my love and aroha to Helen Kelly’s family and friends. I am so sorry to hear that our union rock has died. Helen never gave up fighting for working people from every sector – whether they be education staff ... More >>

Leadership roles in schools vacant due to work stress

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 2:09 pm | PPTA

Schools are facing a chronic shortage of middle leaders with over 40 percent of teachers reporting not wanting to take up the roles due to high workload and inadequate compensation. More >>

Illegal employment practices

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 2:04 pm | PPTA

Only 15 percent of new graduates being employed in permanent positions upon leaving study, with many more being forced to accept illegal contracts says the Post Primary Teachers Association. More >>

President’s Speech to PPTA Annual Conference 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 12:48 pm | Post Primary Teachers' Association

When we were last together at annual conference, we might have been forgiven for thinking that with a settled agreement, IES underway and working parties on teacher supply and workload on the horizon, we were headed for a busy and productive year. ... More >>

More funding needed to support young people at risk – PPTA

Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 10:12 am | Post Primary Teachers' Association

Secondary teachers around the country are calling for extra funding for schools who teach at risk students. More >>

New charter schools create inequity and waste public money

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 10:00 am | PPTA

The announcement by the Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education that two new charter schools are to open is yet another barrier to equality says the PPTA. The schools will open in Hamilton and Napier in 2017. “Not only do charter schools ... More >>

Minister Parata loses her COOL

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:29 pm | PPTA

Education Minister Hekia Parata has started ducking for cover and making policy on the fly whilst trying to justify her new privatised education model, says the PPTA. More >>

Bad acronym, worse idea

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 3:54 pm | PPTA

Bad acronym, worse idea: online publicly funded private schools a disaster in the making The Minister of Education’s announcement today that Communities of online learning (Cools) will be created to allow corporate entities to enter the education ... More >>

Dedicated careers advice for students welcome

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 5:15 pm | PPTA

Dedicated careers guidance for all secondary school students would have a big impact on New Zealand’s future, says PPTA president Angela Roberts. The association welcomes plans by the Labour Party to ensure all high schools have access to professional ... More >>

Minister undermines State Sector Act – PPTA

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4:27 pm | PPTA

The education minister is undermining the principles of integrity and honesty in teacher appointments by interfering with a legal decision designed to avoid cronyism. More >>



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