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.
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.
The fall in international fee-paying (IFP) pupil numbers in
Otago schools appears to be reversing, alleviating fears
schools could suffer financial difficulty.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pressure on the Ministry of Education to operate in a
''constrained fiscal environment'' appears to have abated in
the past year.
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