Time’s up, Minister
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.”