Ministry of Education

School vandalism $11.2m budget top-up shocks

School vandalism $11.2m budget top-up shocks

Damage to New Zealand schools from vandalism and graffiti has forced the Ministry of Education to top up school budgets by $11.2 million over the past five years.

Fewer interventions in Otago schools

Otago schools appear to be getting better at recognising potential education-harming issues and getting help before they require intervention by the Ministry of Education.

Teaching degree concerns

Teaching degree concerns

Government plans to raise graduating teachers to master's degree level have concerned an education specialist, who says it could bar fantastic would-be teachers from the profession.

Overseas pupils on rise

Overseas pupils on rise

The fall in international fee-paying (IFP) pupil numbers in Otago schools appears to be reversing, alleviating fears schools could suffer financial difficulty.

Care providers told to balance demographics

Education Minister Hekia Parata was unable to attend the New Zealand HomeBased Childcare Association's conference in Queenstown on Saturday, but through a representative she issued a challenge to delegates.

Helping Otago school-leavers discussed

Helping Otago school-leavers discussed

Raising the educational performance of Otago's youth and ensuring school-leavers find work were among the issues discussed at a Ministry of Education workshop held in Dunedin yesterday.

Assurance school publications safe

Assurance school publications safe

The Ministry of Education has assured schools they will continue to receive all publications and access to online resources following the closure of a major New Zealand education publishing company.

Novopay 'Black Out' protest

School staff across the country will be at work today dressed in black to mark what the Post Primary Teachers' Association is calling a ''Black Out Day'' for teachers nationally.

'Secretive' ministry criticised

An investigation by the Ombudsman has slammed the Ministry of Education for not being transparent enough about its processes for establishing charter schools in New Zealand.

Former schools sold for $14 million

Former schools sold for $14 million

The Ministry of Education has chalked up more than $14 million from the sale of 53 former schools across the country in the past decade - and at least another 35 are still awaiting disposal or sale.

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