18 Mar 2013

Schools want Novopay compensation

6:15 pm on 18 March 2013

Secondary Principals' Association president Patrick Walsh hopes a major announcement on Novopay will include compensation for schools affected by problems with the payroll system.

The minister responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce, will on Tuesday release a technical review into the system which has led to thousands of teachers and support staff being paid the wrong amount or not being paid at all over the past six months.

Mr Walsh told Morning Report school staff would like to hear details of a package to compensate them for the hundreds of hours of extra work caused by Novopay and the stress people have faced.

Meanwhile, a new fault has emerged in the system that was introduced in August last year.

The Auckland Primary Principals' Association revealed on Sunday the system is wrongly stating that more than 100 teachers contracts' will terminate on 21 April.

The Education Ministry's group manager for the education workforce, Rebecca Elvy, says it is likely this latest fault has been caused by a system bug, one of a number she says are being progressively dealt with by the Novopay remediation plan.

She says the ministry is confident it can be fixed well before the end of term, and it will not affect the pay of the teachers concerned.