Time’s up, Min­is­ter

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Te Tai Tok­erau Prin­ci­pals’ As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Pat New­man reck­ons it’s time for Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Chris Hip­kins to start de­liv­er­ing on pri­mary teach­ers’ pay and con­di­tions claim.

“We all re­mem­ber his promises prior to the elec­tion,” he said.

“No men­tion of wait­ing. No men­tion of time. No men­tion that once the elec­tion was over we were ex­pected to con­tinue car­ry­ing the ed­u­ca­tional weight of New Zealand on our shoul­ders.

“Last week he also tried the old mo­ral ar­gu­ment. If we give you the money, then the chil­dren will miss out. If that’s the case, let a group of us teach­ers have a go at cut­ting par­lia­men­tary bud­gets and salaries, and that money could go to the chil­dren up here that you have also con­ve­niently for­got­ten.”

Mr New­man ap­plauded many of the things the gov­ern­ment had done in its first year, but not in ed­u­ca­tion. He also sup­ported the ef­forts of Min­is­ter for Chil­dren and As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Tracey Mar­tin to im­prove the help avail­able for spe­cial needs chil­dren and child health.

“I just don’t be­lieve the gov­ern­ment, espe­cially when it has huge sur­plus, should ex­pect to keep its boots on our heads and ex­pect us to keep giv­ing,” he added, how­ever.

“At the end of the day, em­ploy­ees should not have to pay their own wages ei­ther in money or health.”

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