The funding freeze on schools has drawn in Green MP Marama Davidson and Manurewa MP Louisa Wall to get behind support staff who have been hit by it.
Support staff from various south Auckland schools have voiced their concern over the financial issue. Many fear hours being cut or even worse losing their jobs.
The staff appealing are members of teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa.
Joining teachers and support staff in Manurewa, Davidson visited Homai primary and Wall was at Rowandale school.
The staff at Rowandale school gathered signatures from parents on a petition calling on the Ministry of Education to improve the pay of support staff in schools.
“I think support staff are core staff. They are critical to our ability to meet the needs of our students,” Wall says.
“Their wages should be paid for in the same way teachers are – by the state – not from the Operations Grant which is for the day to day running of the school. They also deserve to be paid for the full year as teachers are.”
Another crazy expensive Labour policy made up on the hoof which they could never afford if they are serious about keeping spending under 30% of GDP.
Teachers get paid for a full year as when classes are not on, they are marking homework, working on lessons, doing professional development etc etc.
But Labour is demanding that for example secretaries and receptionists must be paid, even though there is no work to do and the school is closed. That cleaners must get paid to clean a school that is closed.
I can only assume Labour’s new policy is based on this Yes Minister episode.