Ed­u­ca­tors let down by al­lo­ca­tions

Schools, preschools get small lift but feel big prom­ises un­met

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Si­mon Collins ed­u­ca­tion

Schools and preschools have gained some re­lief to cope with in­fla­tion but they are ask­ing what has hap­pened to most of the prom­ises the Labour Party made for ed­u­ca­tion be­fore the last elec­tion.

Op­er­a­tional fund­ing for schools and preschools will in­crease from next Jan­uary by 1.6 per cent, in line with in­fla­tion.

“It’s not go­ing back­wards,” said Sec­ondary Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mike Wil­liams.

Chil­dren with the high­est needs will get a more sig­nif­i­cant boost with 1000 more chil­dren qual­i­fy­ing for the On­go­ing Re­sourc­ing Scheme (ORS), up from 9049 last July, and more for English as a sec­ond lan­guage and for deaf and blind stu­dents.

But there is noth­ing new to tackle a des­per­ate teacher short­age be­yond con­tin­u­ing mea­sures al­ready an­nounced last year.

De­spite $470 mil­lion ex­tra in the com­ing year for fees-free ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and higher stu­dent al­lowances, fund­ing for the ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions them­selves has ac­tu­ally been cut by $12m be­cause of lower than ex­pected en­rol­ments. Fund­ing rates per stu­dent have been frozen.

And there is no sign of key pre­elec­tion prom­ises such as higher fund­ing rates for preschools with 100 per cent qual­i­fied teach­ers, more ca­reers ad­vis­ers in schools or a $150 per stu­dent grant to schools that stop ask­ing par­ents for “do­na­tions”.

NZ Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute pres­i­dent Lynda Stu­art, rep­re­sent­ing pri­mary and preschool teach­ers, said the Bud­get was “just such a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment”.

Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Union pres­i­dent San­dra Grey said she was “mas­sively dis­ap­pointed”.

Univer­si­ties NZ chair­man Stu­art McCutcheon said the ter­tiary fund­ing

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