Unions' bus tour kicks off as schools go back2016
Following their combined meetings, NZEI Te Riu Roa and the PPTA are getting ready to embark on a bus tour in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to raise awareness of the Government’s proposed reforms to school funding. The education unions' roadshow kicks off as schools go back next week for the final term.
The unions also hope to draw attention to the chronic underfunding of schools and early childhood services.
More than 100 schools and early childhood centres nationwide will be visited by the Better Funding Better Learning roadshow. Educators will be talking to parents at drop off and pick up times about why children’s education needs more investment.
Despite the funding advisory group's recommendation that the global budget proposal should not proceed, NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green says that bulk funding is "far from off the agenda". She suspects bulk funding is an easy way for a Government to reduce education spending but devolve the hard decisions about cuts to schools at the chalkface.
“We are already seeing this with the Government’s freeze on the school operations grant, which funds support staff salaries and other general operating costs, and which has been frozen this year. Recent analysis of the 2016 operations grant shows that a majority of schools will be worse off when inflation is taken into account."
Green says the timing of the roadshow coincides with a looming Cabinet decision on the proposed funding review.