COMMENT

Education funding, as a share of Government spending, has been falling for several years, and is projected to drop further, according to new research by economists at Infometrics. The figures also show that primary teachers, in particular, are being asked to make up the shortfall.

This is a wake-up call to anyone who might be persuaded by statements about all the billions of dollars being spent on education.

Since 1972, education spending – what New Zealand spends on all forms of education – has averaged 15.8 per cent of total core Crown expenses, going as low as 11.5 per

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