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Teachers reject new funding model

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/09/2016

Teacher unions say they see no benefits to the proposed funding model  © Getty Images Teacher unions say they see no benefits to the proposed funding model  Teacher unions have overwhelmingly rejected the government's "global funding" model.

The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association and NZEI on Tuesday morning said that following two weeks of stopwork meetings, 99 per cent of their more than 60,000 members had voted against the new proposal.

"This funding proposal has created unprecedented concern - and unity - across the education sector," said NZEI president Louise Green.

"Educators see no benefits but great risks to education if global funding is to go ahead."

The proposed model will give schools a bulk allocation of money and principals will be able to decide how much is spent on staff.

The unions have described it as a "return to the failed bulk funding experiment of the 1990s" and say it could lead to fewer teachers, larger classes and poorer education.

The unions say they have a member mandate to take further action, but are not yet talking strikes.

They want the Ministry of Education to work with the sector to develop a better funding system and they want more education funding.

A national school bus tour in October will be part of the union campaign against global funding.

Education Minister Hekia Parata has said the consultations on change are an open process.

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

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