The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) claims principals have yet another muddle on their hands thanks to Novopay.
It claims that in a recent email to schools, the Ministry of Education says its payroll information reports - used by principals to calculate and track staffing levels - are inaccurate.
NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter says the banking staffing reports have been mucked up in at least the past three pay periods.
He says one principal with a staff of 40 was originally told he was four teachers under, and now Novopay is telling him he's six teachers over, which has huge implications for his school finances.
Banking staffing reports allow schools to adjust their staffing across the year to ensure they are operating in the most efficient way.
“If a principal gets those calculations wrong, it can be serious for that school,” Mr Goulter says. “If they haven’t employed enough teachers over a year then students have been short changed, but if they have employed too many then they will have a funding shortfall.”
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