MPs step up in Manurewa

MPs Marama Davidson and Louisa Wall joined teachers and support staff campaigning for better funding of Schools and early childhood centres in Manurewa on Monday. Marama Davidson visited Homai Primary early in the day while Ms. Wall joined the staff at Rowandale School as they gathered signatures from parents on a petition calling on the Ministry of Education to improve the pay of support staff in schools.
Ms. Wall who recently spent a day in a school alongside support worker Linda Jordan spoke out about the work support staff do.
“I think support staff are core staff,” says Louisa. They are critical to our ability to meet the needs of our students. Their wages should be paid for in the same way teachers are – by the state – not from the Operations Grant which is for the day to day running of the school. They also deserve to be paid for the full year as teachers are.”
“To me, if we don’t value and support the people who work with our children then we undermine the ability of the children to get a good education. I believe education lays the foundation for us to go on and have good lives.”

Louisa Wall and staff at Rowabdale School

Louisa Wall and staff at Rowandale School

Marama Davidson with lHomai Primary leaders. (Photo courtesy Linda Jordan)

Marama Davidson with Homai Primary leaders. (Photo courtesy Linda Jordan)

Louisa Wall gathering signatures to the Support Staff petition

Louisa Wall gathering signatures to the Support Staff petition

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