Novopay getting worse | The Jackal

18 Mar 2013

Novopay getting worse

Today, 3 News reported:

A fresh glitch with the troubled pay system Novopay has effectively `fired' 100 teachers it believes will have their contracts terminated in April.

The new fault, which wrongly states some teachers are leaving their roles at the end of the term, is the latest in a string of problems that has plagued the system since it was introduced last August.

The minister responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce, is expected to announce the results of a technical review into the system this week.

That doesn't sound like a new "bug" to me, that sounds like somebody intentionally trying to mess with teachers in order to demoralize them and get some of them to leave.

The National government has had two years to ensure Novopay works, and you've got to wonder why they haven't fixed it yet? Perhaps undermining teachers would provide the excuse they need to implement charter schools, which will effectively privatise education.

Novopay problems have so far affected 1600 teachers at 628 schools.

A recent review showed 521 teachers have been overpaid, 589 underpaid and 552 were not paid at all.

Clearly the extensive problems at Novopay are getting worse and not better under Steven Joyce's so-called management.

Instead of looking at alternatives or putting in place a proper plan to fix Novopay, the responsible minister is twiddling his thumbs and awaiting yet another report into the flawed system, which is an all too familiar excuse we've heard before:

It is incompetence like that which should ensure National lose the next election.