23 school staff quit over Novopay
Novopay has caused 23 school staff to resign, but that number could be more like 50, the New Zealand Principals' Federation says.
NZPF regularly surveys more than 2300 member schools across the country about the maligned pay system.
President Philip Harding said the latest survey, which 1155 schools responded to, revealed that 23 staff have quit their job as a direct result of Novopay.
Harding said that figure could be extrapolated into as many as 50 resignations, because only half of the schools responded to the survey.
The survey did not ask respondents where they were from and there was no way of tracing the individual IP addresses of the computers that they sent the survey from.
''This is a distressing finding,'' Harding said.
''Alongside those who have left, principals say there are hundreds who are under unreasonable stress and many more are considering resignation.''
The survey also showed the proportion of schools experiencing ongoing Novopay issues has leapt from 86 per cent in October 2012 to 96 per cent in February.
Further, 25,585 staff were incorrectly paid in the last pay period and 55 per cent of schools paid staff from their own school funds.
"I think it would be a mistake if anybody thinks that Novopay is some kind of axe for us to grind against,'' Harding said.
"We know that the Ministry of Education is doing everything it can to try and resolve this.
''[But] Novopay is out of control.
''We cannot stand by and watch schools lose highly valuable staff through the stress of trying to make a completely dysfunctional Novopay system behave rationally.''
Yesterday the Post Primary Teachers' Association said it would launch legal action against the pay system.
It is not yet clear whether it will challenge Novopay providers Talent2, or the Ministry of Education.
Harding said he had ''great sympathy'' for the PPTA's action.