Teachers in Gore reject proposed pay policy

Last updated 05:00 14/06/2012

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Gore district primary school teachers have joined opposition to the Government's proposal to introduce performance pay for teachers.

Primary and intermediate teachers throughout Southland are holding union meetings this week to discuss their collective agreement, due for negotiation in August, and the Government's performance pay proposal is high on the agenda.

New Zealand Educational Institute Otago field officer Ainslie Butcher said about 50 primary school teachers in the Gore district met yesterday afternoon with NZEI union representatives and "no-one was in favour of performance pay that's based on national standards".

The NZEI said this week the class size backdown showed teachers and parents could unite to reverse "flawed" government policy.

Another "flawed policy" was performance pay, the teachers' union said.

"NZEI warns it will strongly oppose any performance pay system that links teacher pay to student results."

Such pay systems were unfair to both teachers and pupils, the union said.

"Teachers are less likely to want to teach students who are struggling if they are penalised financially  the last few weeks should be a warning to the Government that its reform agenda will fail if parents and teachers do not believe it is good for children."

The office of Education Minister Hekia Parata did not respond to emailed questions by deadline last night

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