No Novopay inquiry, says Auditor-General
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 1:30p.m.
Auditor-General Lyn Provost is keeping her eye on the problems around the Novopay system and could launch an inquiry if she thinks it's necessary.
The teacher pay system has been plagued with errors since it was rolled out in August and Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday put senior Cabinet minister Steven Joyce in charge of sorting it out.
Ms Provost says her main concern is whether schools will be able to sign off their 2012 financial statements and her office will help them if they have problems.
"I will be keeping a close eye on developments," she said on Thursday.
"If the steps the ministry takes do not adequately address the issues, I will reconsider whether there is a role for my office.
"I have decided it would be premature for this office to begin an inquiry at the moment."
Thousands of teachers have been underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all since August and the Australian company that supplied Novopay, Talent2, has consistently failed to meet deadlines to fix the problems.
Mr Key says he wants teachers - and Talent2 - to know the Government is serious about getting Novopay right.
Teacher unions have had enough and are reported to be considering striking in protest.
"I've heard talk, particularly from schools in Auckland, that they've had an absolute guts-full and they are talking about a form of action like that," Principals' Federation vice-president Phil Harding said on Wednesday.
Mr Key says he understands where teachers are coming from but striking won't solve any of the problems.
"You strike to get an outcome," he said.
"We're giving them an outcome, which is the most senior minister and a lot of focus from Cabinet."
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4/02/2013 7:05:08 p.m.
There have been numerous pay systems software used to date. Look how successful WINZ and the Pension payments work. What is the problem? Why pay millions of dollars to re-invent the wheel? I feel sorry that the school teachers are having such a hard time, when quite simply, there are payroll systems out there that work successfully, and don't cost the tax payer a cent to re-develop. What mentality is required to see that???
28/01/2013 8:52:01 p.m.
Mr Key has beun to make statements but does he really want to solve the problem of teachers not being paid. I wonder how he would feel if he or his ministers were not getting paid. I'm sure he would have sorted this problem out well before now.
The national party are a joke and Mr Key needs to step up and sort out this problem. Obviously the minister of education does not have the management skiils needed for this situation.
28/01/2013 7:29:58 a.m.
bet you there would be an inquiry if she was getting underpaid or not paid. The teachers' pays are unlawfully being with-held from them. PAY THEM NOW
25/01/2013 8:07:55 a.m.
But I heard Steven Joyce say there would be an inquiry so whos telling porkys?
24/01/2013 4:20:59 p.m.
Clearly 'Lyn Provost' is brown nosing the ministry and PM. When is an appropriate time for a inquiry? 2014? 2015? it seems everyone including the media have failed to do their job.
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