The Secretary for Education Karen Sewell has just had a minimum pay rise of $30,000p.a. Ironically the same 4% that teachers are after. Here is some maths for Mrs Sewell. Her 4% is 30,000 dollars. 4% of a teachers salary of around $65k is $2,600 dollars.
The State Services Commission and their Minister Tony Ryall sat that this is ok because the total spend is down and that increases are an indication of good performance, yet Sewell and the Ministry of Education were rated as one of the poorest performing CEO’s and Departments earlier in the year
Add to this the National Standards debacle and that we have the worst and most divisive Minister of Education in living history then it is just another case of the National mantra – ‘if it’s ok for me then it’s ok’.