Vocational Education overhaul gets majority approval

Laura Walters Stand First: The Education Minister is working hard to provide certainty as the Government begins its vocational education overhaul. The Government’s biggest reform of the vocational education sector in 25 years was initially met with strong opposition, but a softly-softly approach has brought the majority on board. Issue on Priority Education Minister Chris Hipkins named an overhaul of…

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Vocational Training Institute finds favour with MIT

Supplied Content Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of Vocational Education Reforms, saying that it would accrue advantages to students in South Auckland. Chief Executive Gus Gilmore said that a single nationwide institute will help to streamline apprenticeship system, remove duplication and preserve flexibility to innovate and meet the needs of their local community. “MIT has…

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Growth mindset embedded in our education

Kieran Madden In just over a decade, the ‘Growth Mindset’ has graduated from an exciting theory to accepted wisdom in classrooms across the world, now embraced wholeheartedly by many New Zealand educators. There is good science behind Stanford University Psychologist Carol Dweck’s theory that one’s belief about whether their intelligence, abilities, and talents can be developed has a big influence…

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Teachers’ Unions plan legal action against Novopay

Charlie Dreaver Both unions representing teachers, The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Post-Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) have confirmed that they will be taking legal action against Novopay. They have been told by Novopay that the new rates and backpay for union members, which took effect from  July 1, 2019, will not be paid until September 11, 2019. Representatives…

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Young MPs call for culturally inclusive education

Laura Williams From The House in Wellington July 28, 2019 New Zealand’s youth MPs challenged the Government to lift the success of students by making a more culturally inclusive education system. The challenge was laid down at Youth Parliament 2019 Select Committee hearings. Educators need to regain the trust of non-European families who feel failed by the education system and…

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Early Childcare providers ask for an increase in subsidies

John Gerritsen Early childhood services are worried that they cannot afford to keep up if kindergarten teachers win the same big pay rises as school teachers recently got. They say their teachers are often paid $20,000 to $30,000 less than kindergarten teachers with the same qualifications and experience, and the government needs to increase their subsidies so they can pay their teachers…

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Global taskforce leads paedophile to prison

Hamilton, July 15, 2019 An Auckland man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for possessing, distributing and producing images of child sexual exploitation. Customs started investigating the 33-year-old man in July last year, after receiving information from an overseas agency that a New Zealander had uploaded, or exported, such images to a Canadian-based messenger app. Interview and Arrest Customs identified…

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Commission takes Westpac to Court

Supplied Content The Commerce Commission has filed High Court proceedings against Westpac New Zealand Limited (Westpac). The Commission alleges that the Bank breached the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 (CCCFA) by failing to provide key information that it was required to give customers under the Law. Westpac reported to the Commission in March 2018 that it had failed…

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New portal for education agents launched

Sourced Content Education New Zealand (ENZ) has launched a new Agent Training Portal. Called, ‘AgentLab,’ the Portal provides training, tools and resources for agents to help them promote New Zealand as an international study destination. Education New Zealand Chief Executive Grant McPherson said that education agents play an important role in New Zealand’s international education sector. “Currently, more than half…

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