Novopay problems persist for Kapiti schools

TALIA CARLISLE
Last updated 13:26 28/01/2013

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Unsolved Novopay issues persist in Kapiti, as the Government announces the appointment of cabinet minister Steven Joyce to solve problems.

The appointment of National's Economic Development Minister to manage the troubled new teacher payroll system was announced on Tuesday.

It was part of Prime Minister John Key's mid-term cabinet reshuffle.

New Zealand Educational Institute Kapiti branch vice- president Jim Swift said Mr Joyce's appointment shows the Prime Minister's lack of confidence in Minister of Education Hekia Parata.

"It's interesting that they've had to appoint someone like Steven Joyce when John Key has expressed confidence in Hekia Parata already, and I guess it begs the question, how much confidence the Prime Minister has over the Minister of Education.

"It's a pretty clear signal the ministers and also associate ministers aren't doing a good job, and I'm not sure how Steven Joyce is going to fix something which he has no control over either."

Novopay issues continued to surface in Kapiti schools over the holiday break, with Paekakariki School finding two mishaps in last week's pay.

Principal John Masson said one problem in particular bewildered staff. "It's just something that [has] come out of left field. It's a payment of a staff member who hasn't worked for us for over two years. It's frustrating for the school, my staff and myself, and someone has to sort it out because it's still not working."

Ms Parata said the government shares the concerns of teachers about Novopay's continuing problems and said Mr Joyce would offer a "fresh set of eyes" while trying to solve Novopay issues.

"Minister Joyce has a strong commercial background and significant experience in IT systems, and that's what Novopay is," she said.

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