NZ Ministry of Education completely incompetent to administer the Education Act.

One actually has to ask what exactly is the purpose of the Ministry of Education and what do they do. In fact why under tomorrow’s schools do we even have a Secretary of Education or even a Minister, surely trusting the discretion of boards they have both become obsolete and funding them has become a waste of taxpayer recourses. Staff welfare issues are swept aside because the ministry isn’t the employer. Bit of a joke really, because its ministry policies that result in CAPNA round and the ministry provides the funding out of the public purse. Where are the politians well, they refer their mistakes to the ministry and pass back the ministries answers. Bit of a cop out I would say as the ministry blames the law and the politians accept what the ministry says. Who can examine and change the law? This is one that rests squarely in the laps of Ministers of Education through successive governments. They are well aware that tomorrows schools have failed and continue to blame teachers for it failure. Here’s another question if the Ministry isn’t an employer how come applications for Disregarded Sick leave (DSL) are referred to the ministry’s Industrial Relation’s Group and not a teachers’ welfare group. Why if it’s not the employer do the ministry need an industrial relations group other than for its internal industrial matters. How come the ministry, when they receive a complaint, dives out for a legal opinion and don’t launch an investigation and how come that legal opinion never seeks out the complainant to get to the real story. 

Because they don’t want to know they just want to avoid. The guidelines they create are not policed actually every thing they seem to do is a waste of millions of dollars of tax payer money.  The education act requires BOTs to be a “good Employer” and the ministry is responsible for administering the Act.  But there will be many teachers driven from their careers before the ministry ever performs its responsibilities.  We need a Minister prepared to force the issues and do her job the same applies to the secretary. The level of incompetence is amazing and it doesn’t rest with the classroom teachers. It’s in Karen Sewell’s lap  and just how do you get past all the apologists to send an email directly to her. Who knows I for one will send them to Anne Tolley delegating to her that responsibility and ask her to pass them on perhaps she knows a direct connection.\\just send it Karen Sewell C/o Perhaps she knows how to get Mail to this over paid public servant.  Or maybe the Minister will get sick of it and demand her secretary become more available to the people who pay her wages. Or even better get somebody better for the role.

I have quite a bit of correspondence to support these views

One Response to “NZ Ministry of Education completely incompetent to administer the Education Act.”

  1. I have “permanent” door signs outside every class that list all the pssbiole teachers names for the class. I am worried that the little rascals of our church would wipe off or change the names on the white boards before the parents could see it :)I like your idea since it’s week specific…but having a list of the teachers by our doors at least gives parents an idea of who is in the room ;)Love, Michelle


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