Otago principals are on edge after documents show the
Treasury has indicated a preference for bulk funding in New
It was revealed in documents released under the Official
Information Act to the Wellington Wairarapa School Trustees
Association that the Treasury planned radical workplace
reform in education, including bulk funding of teachers'
Otago Secondary Principals' Association president Brent
Russell questioned who was running New Zealand's education
He said the Government did not have a mandate to introduce
bulk funding, and after experiencing the threat of bulk
funding in the 1990s, he said he would ''certainly not want a
repeat of that experience''.
''Who is running our education system - Treasury or the
Ministry of Education?''Perhaps the time is right to consider
an Education Commission for New Zealand, that has the general
support of all stakeholders including parents, teachers,
students, boards of trustees and the major political
Wellington Wairarapa School Trustees Association chairman
Chris Toa said bulk funding risked yet another nail in the
coffin of public schooling in New Zealand.
He believed boards of trustees under financial pressure would
find themselves considering the cost of employing a teacher
over the quality or experience of that teacher.
''Salaries funded in the present system mean that even the
schools facing the most challenges amongst their student body
can attract, and pay for, the very best of the teaching
''It creates a degree of equity that bulk funding would