NZEI/PPTA challenge Government on its “alternative facts” about school funding

TVNZ picked up on our challenge to the Education Minister today about her claim that school funding has increased by 35% under National.

The Education Minister has massively overstated school funding increases in a series of recent interviews.  That’s playing Trump-style politics with children’s education.

“The Minister’s ‘alternative facts’ give the false impression schools are awash with cash, and they obscure the under-funding of New Zealand children’s education,” said NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter.

Government budgets show spending on schooling has barely increased in real terms under National. Real per pupil spending on schooling increased by just 2.3 percent from 2009 to the end of 2015, or less than 4 percent in total.

These figures have been verified by economic analysts Infometrics.

You can read the facts here.

See it live here.

 

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