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Nationwide Education Funding Campaign Comes to Tamahere Model Country School

posted Oct 26, 2016, 7:34 PM by Reception @TMCS

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Tomorrow our school will be one of the stopping points for a Better Funding Better Learning roadshow organised by NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA.

Three buses are touring the country to raise public awareness of underfunding in education and the threat posed by the government’s proposal to introduce the controversial bulk funding system to schools. We are delighted that our school has been chosen as a stop off point, enabling our teachers and support staff to connect with other educators and inform our school community about these massive changes to our education system.

The bus will be parked outside the school on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10:30 am. Please come and say hello, bring your questions and sign a postcard to the Minister of Education, rejecting bulk funding and calling for better funding of education.

This is an issue that the staff and board of Tamahere Model Country School feel strongly about. Our staff joined more than 37,000 educators at combined NZEI/PPTA union meetings late last term across New Zealand. At the meetings, 99% of educators called for more funding of education.  We rejected bulk funding because it undermines the equity and quality of our education system, and removes the roll-based teacher staffing levels that schools currently have. We saw no benefits for children in this proposal, only the potential for school budgets to be squeezed and forced trade-offs between costs of teaching staff and school running costs.

Ultimately, it would lead to schools having to hire fewer teachers, resulting in larger class sizes, which is detrimental to children’s learning.

Despite calls from the education sector and the Minister of Education’s own sector advisory group to ditch bulk funding, the minister is yet to take the proposal off the table. We need your support to tell the government to support Better Funding for Better Learning.

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