Schools set to lose millions

Schools will start 2017 grappling with a $7.8 million funding cut, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

"Hekia Parata has been adamant changes to the way our schools are funded would see them better off.

However, using the Ministry of Education’s own data – released this week – analysis shows the exact opposite.

“After adjusting for inflation, as Hekia Parata has done in the past, the figures reveal our schools are facing a $7.8 million cut.

“That’s $7.8m schools will have to find elsewhere, either from parents or by cutting costs, and it comes at the same time the Government is considering reintroducing bulk funding across the board.

In previous years Hekia Parata has touted increases to schools’ operational funding as being above forecast inflation. Budget 2016 froze that funding and instead allocated money for 130,000 at-risk and disadvantaged students.

“Parents are already feeling the squeeze – there’s been a more than 30 per cent increase in parental contributions since National became the government – and bulk funding with only lead to larger class sizes and schools asking for more from parents.

“Hekia Parata is being less than honest. This is a cut. It doesn’t cover the increased costs to schools over the last year, let alone the next one,” Chis Hipkins says.

 

Education region

Number of Eligible schools

2017 Provisional Roll*

Number of Schools Receiving TARG

Number of Students funded for TARG

Amount of TARG Funding received

2017 operations** including TARG

Tai Tokerau

147

29,767

146

8,197

$761,009

$66,075,932

Auckland

516

257,515

516

43,024

$3,994,348

$433,982,128

Waikato

273

70,069

273

13,719

$1,273,672

$130,037,295

Bay of Plenty/Rotorua/Taupo

183

60,396

183

12,275

$1,139,611

$110,906,101

Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu

234

51,122

233

9,555

$887,086

$95,121,577

Hawkes Bay/Gisborne

173

39,574

170

9,322

$865,454

$82,639,578

Wellington

282

86,238

281

14,997

$1,392,321

$147,317,737

Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast

126

27,994

123

4,151

$385,379

$54,285,039

Canterbury

271

89,763

269

11,649

$1,081,493

$147,716,181

Otago/Southland

231

49,031

227

6,282

$583,221

$89,991,440

Total

2,436

761,469

2,421

133,171

$12,363,596

$1,358,073,008

         

2016 Funding:

$                        1,345,709,412

       

Forecast Inflation:

1.50%

       

Ops Funding required in 2017:

$                        1,365,895,053

       

Inflation adjusted cut in 2017:

$                               7,822,045


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