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Teacher meetings set to begin

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/09/2016

Meetings organised by unions representing more than 60,000 teachers are getting under way to discuss a review of funding of schools.

The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association and NZEI are holding combined meetings to plan a response to the government's "global funding" proposal, which they say is effectively a return to the failed bulk funding experiment of the 1990s.

The first meeting is at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday at 1.30pm.

They will continue around the country for the next two weeks.

The meetings during school hours have potential to disrupt schools but the unions say they're being held at either 9am or 1.30pm to minimise disruption to teaching programs, children and parents.

Education Minister Hekia Parata has said she's disappointed the meetings are being held because the consultations on change are an open process.

Prime Minister John Key has said a new funding system wouldn't be progressed unless stakeholders were on board.

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