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New school and classrooms for Otago and Southland

New school and classrooms for Otago and Southland

  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins

The Government is building a new school and new classrooms at five schools for 840 extra students in Southland and Otago.

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More money to go to schools, taking pressure off family budgets

Around 1700 schools will soon be able to opt in to receive additional funding, with information on the school donations scheme released today to provide certainty for parents and schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “We’re taking significant financial pressure off many Kiwi families by taking care of school donations, with Decile 1-7 schools able to opt in to receive $150 per student every school year,” Chris Hipkins said. “We know how difficult it is for parents to afford the donations that schools request, and the pressure it places on parents who aren’t able to afford them. Many students will now be able to get the education they need with less financial pressure on their parents. “The release of requirements for schools today clarify for Decile 1-7 school boards what they need to consider before deciding whether or not to opt in to the scheme. “Guidance for families, also released today, will help them understand what they can be asked to pay for, and what is simply voluntary.” The Government heard from some schools that $150 per student funding wouldn’t be always enough to cover school camps, Chris Hipkins said. “I’ve responded to school feedback by proposing an exception so that schools that opt in will still be able to ask for donations towards school camps and other overnight curriculum trips, as long as it is clear they are voluntary.” Schools have until November 14 to decide whether or not to opt in to the scheme and those who sign up will receive their funding in early 2020. The Ministry of Education will monitor schools that opt in to ensure they do not continue to seek donations from parents. “I have introduced legislation so that funding paid to schools that do not comply with the scheme’s conditions can be recovered,” Chris Hipkins said. Schools will be contacted about any changes to the information as the legislation progresses. Chris Hipkins said the policy is one part of the Government’s plan to improve our schools and make education more affordable. “We’ve also scrapped NCEA fees, delivered the largest pay increase for teachers and principals in over a decade and a made $1.2 billion investment to build new schools and classrooms over the next three to four years.”

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New primary school planned for Drury

New primary school planned for Drury

  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins

The rapidly growing residential area of Drury in south Auckland is set to gain a new primary school by 2022, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

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Central online hub for te reo Māori resources launched

Central online hub for te reo Māori resources launched

  • Kelvin Davis Hon Kelvin Davis

A new central online hub for te reo Māori resources will make teaching and learning in te reo Māori, fun, easy and relevant for teachers, learners and whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

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A new school for Tauranga and 50 new classrooms for the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatū and Whanganui

A new school for Tauranga and 50 new classrooms for the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatū and Whanganui

  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins

The Government is building a new school and 50 new classrooms to provide around 1,300 additional student places at 23 schools and kura across the Bay of Plenty and in Taranaki, Manawatū and Whanganui.

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New tool to help iwi support Māori educational pathways

New tool to help iwi support Māori educational pathways

  • Kelvin Davis Hon Kelvin Davis

Iwi will now be able to access student information effortlessly thanks to a new tool developed in partnership with iwi education leaders around the country, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

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Vocational education reform Bill introduced

Vocational education reform Bill introduced

  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament today that will create a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system and help New Zealanders prepare for the future of work, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

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Boosting workplace literacy and numeracy training

Boosting workplace literacy and numeracy training

  • Jacinda Ardern Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins

More New Zealanders will be supported through literacy and numeracy training in the workplace, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

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Innovation in training – Opening Speech at the Primary ITO Symposium

Innovation in training – Opening Speech at the Primary ITO Symposium

  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins

Kia ora koutou and Good Morning

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Building on excellence in construction trades training

Building on excellence in construction trades training

  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins
  • Jenny Salesa Hon Jenny Salesa

A new centre of excellence for vocational education is to be established for the construction sector to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

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