Hastings Central School deputy principal Beverley Ward signs a postcard presented by St Matthew’s Primary School support staff teacher aide Suzanne Rogers.
Hawkes Bay Today newspaper on Saturday reported Raureka Primary School principal Greg Riceman, also on the NZEI national leadership group for principals, saying in this week’s budget there did not appear to be much at all for schools.
“We are staying still and having to make do – there’s been no real increase at all, and we need more funding now instead of waiting.”
He said that in real terms, teacher salaries had been dropping over the last nine years, despite the Government saying it was putting more money into the sector, and there were growing issues as schools coped with increasing rolls.
“There’s overcrowding in Hastings and Napier schools now – quite a few schools are full – we all need more to help the kids.” Read more…