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NZQA Jobs To Go As Government Education Cuts Roll On


The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is the latest
education sector agency proposing cuts and job
losses.

The NZQA proposal released to staff today
would involve a net loss of 35 roles. There are 66 roles
being disestablished with 13 of those currently vacant, and
31 new roles proposed, said Fleur Fitzsimons Public Service
Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi Assistant
Secretary.

“The New Zealand Qualifications
Authority plays a critical role in making sure New Zealand
qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised
and respected, these cuts will make their job harder,”
Fitzsimons said.

“A number of the roles
proposed to go relate to the delay in the implementation of
the new NCEA level 2 and 3 standards which is disappointing
as critical expertise will be lost and despite the delay,
planning and other work needs to occur now.”

“It is
particularly worrying that the are being gutted with seven
roles proposed to be cut. This team is critical to
supporting assessment at kura Māori and other schools
offering Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and those underserved by
the education system.

“The PSA questions the extent of
the cuts to the Nga Poutoko Aromatawai Māori team as the
change proposal acknowledges the additional time and effort
required to engage effectively in in te ao Māori,”
Fitzsimons said.

The NZQA announcement was made at the
same time at the Ministry of Education confirmed to staff
that they had now been advised of change proposals or
decisions being made across all the Ministry’s
groups.

The PSA understands that in total there is a
proposed net reduction of 755 positions across the ministry,
of which 316 were vacant.

Fitzsimons said, “The scale
of proposed cuts across the education sector is dangerous
and damaging and should concern parents and everyone who
cares about the future of our
children.”

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