New Zealand’s principals and primary teachers have voted about what to do to get government action to address the years of underfunding and under resourcing that schools have faced.
Teachers did not accept the Government’s latest collective agreement offer because we consider it did not begin to address the crisis.
Through their union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, teachers are asking for:
Smaller classes, so children can get more one-on-one attention
More resources and staffing to adequately support children with additional learning needs – this will benefit all
children because teachers will be freed to spend more one-on-one time with every student
A significant increase in teachers’ salaries so that they are properly valued for their qualifications and
responsibilities, and as a country we can recruit and retain teachers.
Principals and teachers have therefore voted for an unprecedented second strike, to be held the week after next. There will be nationwide rolling strikes over a week, and our region will be striking on TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER.
As all of our teachers are union members, the Hokowhitu School Board of Trustees has decided to close the school on the 13th November.
The Board and our staff recognise the inconvenience of this, but sincerely hope that you support our cause as we make a stand for better conditions for your children.
For more information, please go to http://campaigns.nzei.org.nz/time/.
If you require care for your child/ren on the 13th November, aPlus (out of school care) can be contacted on 06 357 5583.
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