Teachers hit the road over funding row

  • 10/10/2016
Teachers' unions are starting a nationwide roadshow this week over the Government's school funding proposals (iStock)
Teachers' unions are starting a nationwide roadshow this week over the Government's school funding proposals (iStock)

Unions representing teachers are hitting the road to drum up support for their position in the debate about school funding.

The "better funding, better learning" roadshow will visit more than 100 schools and early childhood centres around the country this week.

Union representatives from the NZEI and PPTA will talk to parents at drop-off and pick-up times about their position on the government's school funding proposals.

"The timing of the roadshow coincides with a looming cabinet decision on Hekia Parata's proposed overhaul of education funding," says NZEI president Louise Green.

They say schools and early childhood services are chronically under-funded and the proposed changes are a return to the failed bulk funding model.

It will increase inequity in education and class sizes and narrow the curriculum, the unions say.

Education Minister Hekia Parata has said she's disappointed with the unions response, as the proposal is not a return to bulk funding and is just one of several being considered.

In August she said six proposals were being developed including taking a per-child approach to funding, additional funding for those most at risk of under-achievement, and supplementary funding for small and isolated schools.

On Sunday, ACT leader David Seymour called for PPTA president Angela Roberts to resign.

He says the PPTA is a union out of control and living in a parallel universe.

NZN