Govt to pay good and bad teachers equally

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


Pay talks for primary school teachers begin today, with the Government set to increase salaries for poor teachers.


The NZEI wants a 16 per cent increase for its members. That would mean bad teachers would get a pay rise of at least several thousand dollars.


“It is wrong that the best teacher and the worst teacher are paid the same” says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“In nearly every industry in New

Will Labour Repeat Nats’ Fail Mark on NCEA?

BY ACT at 6 March, 2018


“The New Zealand Initiative’s new report Spoiled By Choice is a severe indictment on the National Party, whose targets for NCEA pass rates severely distorted the system, and a massive challenge for Labour, who are now promising change”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The thoroughly-researched report calls New Zealand’s whole secondary school qualifications framework into question.


“I set this problem out in my election year book, Own Your Future, when I said: ‘The government understands the

Government’s Fees-Free Policy Will Widen Educational Inequality

BY ACT at 5 December, 2017

“Labour will tax hardworking New Zealanders to fund university for students that come from disproportionately upper and middle class families,” says ACT leader David Seymour.   “With $3 billion in new spending, and a plan to scrap Partnership Schools, this Government will widen the gap between those that are failed by our state schools and don’t make it to university, and those who have many choices available to them.   “Only 8% of kids that leave

Hipkins Must Come Clean on Partnership School Policy

BY David Seymour at 5 November, 2017


“The Education Minister needs to take a deep breath and consult with people affected by his decisions before making conflicting statements that affect children’s learning,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

After reports regarding four Partnership Schools contracted to open in 16 months’ time that ‘he can say with some confidence they won’t go ahead,’ newly minted Education Minister is now reported as saying he ‘had asked for urgent advice on the

Education Minister in Over His Head

BY ACT at 5 November, 2017

“Education Minister Chris Hipkins is already in over his head,” says ACT Leader David Seymour after the Minister sort-of cancelled four Partnership Schools who have been contracted to open in 14 months’ time.

“If this is how he does business,” says Seymour, “then he is going to find Government very tough.”

“The Sponors of these schools are passionate educators who were required to demonstrate community support for their schools before their applications were accepted. He’s not