An Education Review Office (ERO) report has revealed Bathgate Park School is thriving in the wake of the Ministry of Education's 2012 South Dunedin Schools Review.
While the Government's $857.8 million investment in early childhood, primary and secondary education over the next four years has been applauded, an education expert is questioning whether it is enough.
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.
An education leadership specialist at the University of Otago has labelled the Government's latest pupil achievement improvement initiative, ''a winner''.
The Education Review Office has recommended the Ministry of Education review its formula for guidance counselling funding in schools after it found some schools were not able to account for how they were spending the money.
Otago principals are calling for the Ministry of Education to review the system for paying limited statutory managers (LSM) following claims some are charging ''exorbitant'' amounts of money which could be better spent on pupil education.
Otago pupils are lacking in communication skills because schools are struggling to teach speech to a necessary standard, New Zealand's Speech Communications Association (SCA) believes.
Schools where children are failing exams could be taken over by the Government as the Education Minister warns staff need to be held accountable for students' performance.
While the number of disciplinary measures handed out to wayward pupils continues to fall in Otago schools, the number of primary school pupils displaying violent behaviour is growing.
The final analysis of the Ministry of Education's 2012 NCEA data shows the percentage of Otago pupils leaving school with an NCEA level 2 qualification remains among the highest in the country - and the rates are continuing to increase.
New Government legislation allowing schools to search pupils' bags and seize property has been met with mixed reactions from Otago principals.
The growing rift between educators and the Ministry of Education will be obvious as thousands of teachers and parents take to New Zealand streets on Saturday to save Kiwis' quality public education system.
The Government is likely to stick with the troubled Novopay payroll system, but warned today that the next pay cycle could bring the worst problems yet.
Education Minister Hekia Parata is considering a return to basic arithmetic for primary school children in an attempt to lift New Zealand's faltering performance in maths.
''Basically an aftershock of the earthquake.''
Otago principals are on edge after documents show the Treasury has indicated a preference for bulk funding in New Zealand schools.
The Otago Primary Principals' Association says the Government is to blame for an Education Review Office report which criticises many primary schools around the country for not being flexible enough in the provision of their maths curriculum.