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To: Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education

Teacher aides should be funded by the government, not parents


Parents, whānau and NZEI Te Riu Roa members are calling for teacher aides to be funded by the government, not parents, through our Ngā Aukaha All in for Tamariki campaign.

News reports in recent days have revealed that it is illegal for parents to pay for teacher aides out of their own pocket, even when that support is essential for their child. This is not an uncommon story, and we know that many parents have been forced into this tricky position.

Why is this important?

Parents, whānau and NZEI Te Riu Roa members are deeply concerned about the underfunding in our education system where tamariki are missing out on accessing the support they need and where parents are forced to pay for teacher aide hours out of their own pockets.

No parent should need to choose between breaking the law or watching their child miss out on the support they need. Parents should not have to pay at all. In a properly funded public system, every child should get the support they need.

All tamariki are taonga. This campaign is about challenging ableism at all levels, so that the education system works for all.

We've drafted an email for you (on the right) to send to Minister Hipkins. Personalise it with your own story for the Minister to read.
Wellington, New Zealand

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