City teachers to protest against policy

22:53, Sep 02 2014

Southland teachers will take to the streets on Friday morning to lobby against a Government education policy.

Members of the New Zealand Educational Institute will meet at the offices of Invercargill MP Eric Roy and Clutha-Southland MP Bill English.

The institute will present its Better Plan, which calls for smaller class sizes and more funding for special needs, to the MPs as an alternative to the government's Investing in Educational Success policy.

NZEI representative Anna Rowe-Dean said the Southland lobby was part of a nationwide campaign. As many as 100 members would meet at 7.30am outside Roy's Invercargill office and English's Gore office on Friday, she said.

The institute had also invited Roy to attend. The campaign was not only to also raise awareness among politicians, but was also targeted at the general public, especially commuters.

While there would not be a "huge number" of commuters in Southland, the lobby would attract a lot of attention in places like Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, Rowe-Dean said.

An NZEI survey of teachers showed 93 per cent of participants had no confidence in the Investing in Educational Success policy.

The $359 million policy will introduce executive principals and expert teachers to work within a community of schools to lift student achievement.


The Southland Times