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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bill sparks debate on languages in schools

Should every Kiwi child learn a second language? The National Party is saying 'yes' in a controversial new private member's bill.

Karla Mills welcomes uniform change at Whanganui High School

Karla Mills is looking forward to wearing trousers to school in 2018.

Questions over ‘honesty system’ for tertiary fees-free students

The Government is being warned that millions of dollars may be at stake because its flagship fees-free policy will essentially rely on "an honesty system".

Education Minister Chris Hipkins announces review of NCEA

The Government will look at whether NCEA is over-assessing students.

Government announces $9.5m plan to boost teacher supply

The Government has announced its plans to try and fix the country’s teacher shortage, and that includes cutting a bonus proposed by their predecessors.

The death of National Standards

Many teachers are applauding the Education Minister's announcement that National Standards are to be scrapped and replaced with a system more focused on students' progression across all areas of the curriculum.

Labour cuts back National’s planned teacher bonus

The Government has cut back a plan by former education minister Nikki Kaye to pay a bonus of up to $17,500 to all beginning teachers who work in any Auckland school for at least three years.

Treasury warns of ‘gap’ in school data without national standards

The Treasury has warned that there will be "a gap in systems-level information" on primary school performance because the Government has axed national standards before putting anything in their place.

Briefings: Universities on ‘risky’ building spree

Hundreds of documents briefing new Government ministers on key policies have been released. Herald journalists have been analysing the Briefings to Incoming Ministers (Bims). Here we look at Tertiary Education.

PPTA voices concern after teacher censured for stopping boys banging heads into desks

A teacher who has been censured for stopping two boys banging each other's heads against their desks says that in hindsight she should have left them to it.

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‘Hand-to-mouth’ Grammar School needs donations

Auckland Grammar School headmaster Tim O'Connor says his school "couldn't operate as we do" without a donation of $1225 a year from parents.

Teachers parade with pride