MPs to “step into the shoes” of teacher aides

Press Release – New Zealand Educational Institute

MPs to “step into the shoes” of teacher aides on first day of school term

As schools launch into term two on Monday [May 1], Members of Parliament are heading back to school to experience the work of teacher aides and other school support staff.

School support staff are essential to run schools and help children reach their potential.
However, the Government’s freeze on school funding last Budget has meant many schools do not have the funds to pay enough teacher aide hours to meet the learning support needs of their students.

MPs will be presented with a petition calling for better funding for schools during their visit. Almost 50,000 people around New Zealand have signed the petition over the past few months, and MPs will be asked to sign too and personally hand the petition to the new Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye.

What: MPs walks in the shoes of teacher aides and other school support staff
When: Monday May 1st
Where: Schools in Northland, Warkworth, Auckland, Hamilton, Taranaki, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gore and Invercargill.

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