Wednesday June 7, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think of this year’s budget?
Verghuse Cherian, Petone “I`m not aware about the budget.”
Emma Frew, Wainuiomata “It sucks, it makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.”
Jayden Dickson, Wainuiomata “The budget with the tax stuff? People who earn less money are better off.”
Gary Findlay, Wainuiomata “I didn’t think much of it really. I just think that they are buying votes.”
Celine Nickel, Wainuiomata “I don’t pay attention to the news.”
Ben Pfeifer, Wainuiomata “The budget is too low – they should uprise the budget and make people get paid more.”
Deputy principal says education budget insufficient By Dave Crampton
Schools have managed to get an increase in their base operational funding, four months before the election - but one local school leader, backed up by the unions, says it is not enough. Last week’s budget increases operational grants - which pay for most school costs except teacher salaries. The 1.3 per cent increase won’t take effect until next year, but is less than the rate of inflation. It is also less that the rising costs
Treasury is forecasting. It is effectively meeting the cost of increased enrolments, and rises in teacher’s pay. It’s kind of playing catch-up really,” Wainuiomata Primary School deputy principal, Tute Porter-Samuels, said of the percentage increase. “We`ve got to get that translated into real dollars.” Schools with high numbers of at-risk students will receive an additional 2.67 per cent increase in targeted funding, taking their total
increase to almost 4 per cent. Last year’s budget froze the main operational grant to schools. The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) president Lynda Stuart said news of $60.5m over four years paled in comparison to the estimated $50m annual increase schools needed. “When schools aren’t funded to provide the education kids need, it’s the parents and school communities who end up having to pay for things that the school should pay for.”
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“It’s less than the cost of the Prime Minister’s Budget Day pie.” Most schools’ operational grants will be worse off in real terms, with the increase in their operations grants less than the rising costs Treasury forecasts.” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said. Ms Porter Samuels says she is disappointed that education for her students was not prioritised in the budget. “This budget is not making a difference for them at all - I really fear for the future.”
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Ms Porter-Samuels said her school is “just getting by” in science, thanks to assistance from the Hutt City Council, who is providing science equipment. But other things, such as books and adequate resourcing of support staff workers, is being put by the wayside. “We have to put that on hold, as there’s no money,” she said. Lynda Stuart said a $2-a-year increase per child for targeted funding for “at risk” children is embarrassing.
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