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She must be held to account for this botch up and the resulting drop in support for National that came after the budget, as both can be sheeted home to her inept delivery of the policy.    She may as well resign because she is now so hopelessly compromised by the unions as to be ineffective. They will know that they can get her anytime they want simply by agitating.

She must be held to account for this botch up and the resulting drop in support for National that came after the budget, as both can be sheeted home to her inept delivery of the policy. She may as well resign because she is now so hopelessly compromised by the unions as to be ineffective. They will know that they can get her anytime they want simply by agitating.

Novopay Acting Secretary of Education taking blame for Novopay debacle Duncan Garner speaks with Peter Hughes, the acting secretary of Education, ...  Steven Joyce counters Greens and Labour power policy Sean Plunket speaks to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about the...

Novopay Acting Secretary of Education taking blame for Novopay debacle Duncan Garner speaks with Peter Hughes, the acting secretary of Education, ... Steven Joyce counters Greens and Labour power policy Sean Plunket speaks to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about the...

The Government has been forced to delay the biggest overhaul of child support in more than 20 years over fears of another Novopay-style deba...

The Government has been forced to delay the biggest overhaul of child support in more than 20 years over fears of another Novopay-style deba...

Linwood Avenues retired caretaker is owed $20,000 by Novopay.  Debt collectors went after him after he was incorrectly paid a small amount when he left the school in December.  Principal Gerard Direen said he had no confidence in the system, which was causing hours of extra work for his administration staff.  They frequently took Novopay work home at weekends. Steven Joyces $6 million package was welcome but did not fully cover those hours, he said.  Thorrington Primary School Each fortnight…

Linwood Avenues retired caretaker is owed $20,000 by Novopay. Debt collectors went after him after he was incorrectly paid a small amount when he left the school in December. Principal Gerard Direen said he had no confidence in the system, which was causing hours of extra work for his administration staff. They frequently took Novopay work home at weekends. Steven Joyces $6 million package was welcome but did not fully cover those hours, he said. Thorrington Primary School Each fortnight…

The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, yesterday backtracked on the changes made to student-to-teacher ratios and Rotorua Principals' Association president Deborah Epp is over the moon with the decision.    "It's great news, and I say that simply because it does not put our children's learning opportunities at risk," she said. "I would say this is a response to the huge parental concern.    "It is great to know that when parents make their views heard they are listened to."

The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, yesterday backtracked on the changes made to student-to-teacher ratios and Rotorua Principals' Association president Deborah Epp is over the moon with the decision. "It's great news, and I say that simply because it does not put our children's learning opportunities at risk," she said. "I would say this is a response to the huge parental concern. "It is great to know that when parents make their views heard they are listened to."

As blunders mounted one on top of the other in the education portfolio, however, Ms Parata's poise deserted her. Hard questions were met with obfuscation and, when under stress, she reached for the bureaucrat's trick of papering over the cracks with jargon.

As blunders mounted one on top of the other in the education portfolio, however, Ms Parata's poise deserted her. Hard questions were met with obfuscation and, when under stress, she reached for the bureaucrat's trick of papering over the cracks with jargon.

No one has yet been hired to replace Ms Longstone, who quit after her relationship with Education Minister Hekia Parata became "strained".    Under her leadership, the Ministry of Education had a number of embarrassments, including including public battles over National Standards, discrepancies in the Christchurch schools merger and consultation process, as well as the Novopay saga.

No one has yet been hired to replace Ms Longstone, who quit after her relationship with Education Minister Hekia Parata became "strained". Under her leadership, the Ministry of Education had a number of embarrassments, including including public battles over National Standards, discrepancies in the Christchurch schools merger and consultation process, as well as the Novopay saga.

Teachers are reaching boiling point and its not just because of Novopay.  They will be rallying support in their communities from this week as they prepare for a nationwide march on April 13.  The move follows a series of paid union meetings around the country.  The meetings have confronted a myriad of issues, including changes to public education and the troubled pay system.  At the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre NZEI national executive representative Lynda Stuart reminded Counties…

Teachers are reaching boiling point and its not just because of Novopay. They will be rallying support in their communities from this week as they prepare for a nationwide march on April 13. The move follows a series of paid union meetings around the country. The meetings have confronted a myriad of issues, including changes to public education and the troubled pay system. At the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre NZEI national executive representative Lynda Stuart reminded Counties…

There’s something about Hekia Parata. Her smile. Vote: Hekia Parata for Mana.  Caption: “Enjoying time with Secretary Clinton – who had just wished me well with my election campaign!” Cute.  Well that’s just spiffingly Stellar, ladies, isn’t it? What an image. Go girls!!!

There’s something about Hekia Parata. Her smile. Vote: Hekia Parata for Mana. Caption: “Enjoying time with Secretary Clinton – who had just wished me well with my election campaign!” Cute. Well that’s just spiffingly Stellar, ladies, isn’t it? What an image. Go girls!!!

When the blogger, Imperator Fish  asked in a blogpost headlined – Did You Vote For Charter Schools? – he wasn’t just using a catchy title. He was raising a valid point.    Nowhere on the ACT website is Charter Schools mentioned in any of their policies.  Not. A. Word.    Instead, ACT’s education policy page mentions the usual waffle about “more choice” and some disturbing rhetoric about “the benefits of making education more market-like and entrepreneurial”

When the blogger, Imperator Fish asked in a blogpost headlined – Did You Vote For Charter Schools? – he wasn’t just using a catchy title. He was raising a valid point. Nowhere on the ACT website is Charter Schools mentioned in any of their policies. Not. A. Word. Instead, ACT’s education policy page mentions the usual waffle about “more choice” and some disturbing rhetoric about “the benefits of making education more market-like and entrepreneurial”

Novopay provider Talent2 were unwilling to staff a call centre for stricken teachers in the week before Christmas, documents show.    Then-Associate Education Minister Craig Foss had to call chief executive John Rawlinson to intervene.    Education Ministry acting chief executive Rowena Phair wrote to Talent 2 board chair Andrew Banks last month to say she was "appalled" and it was "unacceptable."

Novopay provider Talent2 were unwilling to staff a call centre for stricken teachers in the week before Christmas, documents show. Then-Associate Education Minister Craig Foss had to call chief executive John Rawlinson to intervene. Education Ministry acting chief executive Rowena Phair wrote to Talent 2 board chair Andrew Banks last month to say she was "appalled" and it was "unacceptable."

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Who is Talent2? Campbell Live went to Sydney to find out    	  Talent2 picked before NZ payroll providers for Novopay ... - 3 News  Nov 20, 2012 ... Talent2 is the Australian company paid at least $30 million to provide a payroll system for the Ministry of Education.

Who is Talent2? Campbell Live went to Sydney to find out Talent2 picked before NZ payroll providers for Novopay ... - 3 News Nov 20, 2012 ... Talent2 is the Australian company paid at least $30 million to provide a payroll system for the Ministry of Education.