Disregarded Sick Leave – Fact or Myth?

The Ministry of Education has been playing hard to get on the issue of Disregarded sick leave. An initial request for detail on how to apply, and an application were made during November 2009. This was at the time labelled as urgent and the Ministry of Education advised the process would normally be completed in a week.

On the 3/3/10 the following Email was sent to the Ministry of Education’s Industrial relations group.

Dear Tanya,

DRSL is a contract between the Ministry and teachers and is an entitlement. It does not involve the school. The Ministry of Education has been provided with an application and supporting evidence including medical certificates and the assault on my person and have not given a justifiable reason to reject it. The incompetence and dishonesty of the Logan Park High School (LPHS) management is the Ministry’s Problem as is my application for DRSL. Is the Ministry of Education rejecting mediation if so please state this clearly.

I also request pursuant to the Official Information Act copies of all communications between the Ministry and LPHS related to my application including internal notes.

Kind Regards

I will publish the full correspondence trail once we have all the relevant details

5 Responses to “Disregarded Sick Leave – Fact or Myth?”

  1. Its been 2 weeks now since this email was sent with no response from the Ministry of Education. Normally when dealing with government departments you at least get an acknowledgement of receipt within 2 -3 days and some indication of forward action. The Ministry of Education seems to be very special we have waited months in the past. I will keep everyone posted. A reminder was sent today and copied to the Minister of Education Hon Anne Tolley


    • A little girl whose last name was brown (I don’t rmmbeeer her first name) could not go to her local school up the street because she was black and it was an all white school! Instead she had to commute t the other side of the state to ride the all black school. Her parents did not like this and took it to court. That is when they said that there shall be no more segregation in public schools which still ain’t help the private schools.


  2. another 7 days and still no reply from the ministry is this acceptable ? The reminder email was copied to the Minister it will be interesting to see if this improves the Ministry of Education’s efficiency. I for one have a few names I think could be put on a redundancy list.


    • Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954 that dleacred unconstitutional the racial segregation of public schools. Separate schools for black and white children are inherently unequal, Chief Justice Earl Warren said in an opinion that helped launch the civil-rights movement.LocalLinks State-enforced segregation laws are long gone, but for school officials today, a key question remains: Did the historic decision commit them to a policy of seeking integrated schools, or did it tell them not to assign students to a school based on their race?Today, lawyers in a pair of integration cases will debate whether school boards may use racial guidelines to assign students. Both sides will rely on the Brown decision to make their case. In Seattle, the school board adopted a policy, now suspended, that gave nonwhite students an edge if they sought to enroll in a popular, mostly white high school. In Jefferson County, Ky., which includes Louisville, the school district said black children should make up between 15 percent and 50 percent of the enrollment at each elementary school. In both cities, several white parents sued to have the plans dleacred unconstitutional after their children were barred from enrolling in the school of their choice because of their race. Although they lost in the lower courts, the Supreme Court voted in June to hear their appeals, leading many to predict the justices are poised to outlaw racial balancing in the public schools. At its core, the issue here is the promise made 52 years ago in Brown vs. Board of Education, said Theodore Shaw, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense Fund, which won the ruling that struck down racial segregation in the South. Mandatory desegregation is now a thing of the past. All that’s left is voluntary desegregation, and now that is being challenged. Bush administration lawyers, who joined the case on the side of the parents, say the Brown decision sought to move the United States toward a color-blind policy. They say school officials may not open or close the door to particular students solely because of race. In short, race-based decisions are racial discrimination, even if the officials are pursuing a laudable goal, they say.


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