Combined union meetings start today to discuss funding



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Combined meetings of 60,000 PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa members begin around the country this week to respond to the government's proposal for Global Funding. But the Education Minister says no decisions have been made yet about school funding.

175781562.jpgThe unions say the Global Funding proposal is a return to bulk funding and could result in fewer teachers and larger class sizes.

Meetings will be held between 5 and 16 September, the first held at Auckland Town Hall today at 1.30pm.

Unions say the meetings are being held at either 9am or 1.30pm to minimise disruption, however the meetings are set to disrupt school for many students.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is disappointed the meetings are being held because the consultations on change are an open process.

Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary Ellen MacGregor-Reid says the funding review isn’t primarily about a global budget and says it is early days for the review.

“There would be several years of testing of any proposals with detailed design work and modelling so that we can see the impact of any changes. And if there is a decision to progress change, we will continue to work alongside the education sector on the details in the coming years.”

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