SecondaryEd news 17 Mar 2017

Increasing segregation of New Zealand schools - it's not a new story which is just as concerning; more on University Entrance - literacy and numeracy; a survey of New Zealanders shows a preference for school children to learn Chinese; social workers in schools - yes please ...

Media items selected by the PPTA Te Wehengarua as an update on secondary education and union issues in the news, with the main focus on New Zealand.

Lack of Pākehā in low-decile schools worries principals
Schools dispute idea New Zealand's kids are too 'lazy' for agricultural jobs
Students gaining University Entrance without necessary literacy, numeracy skills
Chinese trumps Te Reo in school language survey
More demand for social workers in schools
No changes will be made to sexual consent classes in school - Ministry of Education
Overcrowding forces 178 NZ schools to go without a library
Auckland University staff strike for higher pay

Lack of Pākehā in low-decile schools worries principals
John Gerritsen, @RNZeducation
The ongoing concentration of Pākehā students in high-decile schools is bad for society, say educators.

Schools dispute idea New Zealand's kids are too 'lazy' for agricultural jobs
JONO GALUSZKA, March 16 2017
If New Zealand's young people really are too lazy to work on farms, schools say they are not to blame.
Work-experience programmes, pilot agri-science courses and instilling good old-fashioned work ethic are what schools reckon will prepare their pupils for a future in primary industries.

Students gaining University Entrance without necessary literacy, numeracy skills
ADELE REDMOND, March 16 2017
University entrance requirements are unlikely to change despite a review that found widespread concern over first-year students' literacy and numeracy abilities.
In a review of University Entrance (UE), the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) said tertiary providers found students entering a wide range of degrees lacked skills necessary for success, but believed raising the bar was unlikely to help.

Chinese trumps Te Reo in school language survey
16 Mar 2017
A group representing Māori economic interests is concerned about a poll showing a preference for schoolchildren to learn Chinese.

More demand for social workers in schools
By Aroha Treacher, Thursday 16 March 2017
There is increasing demand for social workers in schools in Hawke's Bay, as the region helps students to cope with family violence issues.
However, Pam McCann of Family Works believes the issue is not only a Hastings issues but a nationwide issue.

No changes will be made to sexual consent classes in school - Ministry of Education
Frances Cook of the NZ Herald, Thursday, 16 March 2017
Sexual consent won't become a compulsory subject for New Zealand schools, according to the Ministry of Education.
Wellington College students have brought the issue into the spotlight recently, after controversial comments made online.

Overcrowding forces 178 NZ schools to go without a library
Source: 1 NEWS
As the number of students in schools continue to grow, principals are being forced to make sacrifices.

Auckland University staff strike for higher pay
Eva Corlett, 16 March 2017
More than 1000 staff at the University of Auckland have walked off their jobs in a bid for better pay.

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