12 Apr 2013

Ministry looks into kura's Novopay problems

8:18 am on 12 April 2013

The Ministry of Education has looked into an Auckland kura's claim that that some of its staff have been forced to take out loans because of the flawed school payroll system, Novopay.

The principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi told Te Manu Korihi that since the introduction of Novopay his teachers have been hugely affected by under or over-payments and in some cases, not being paid at all.

Rawiri Wright said the school has had to help them get loans because it wasn't in a financial position to help them at the time.

In an email, the Ministry of Education said it had contacted the school and while Mr Wright was unable to be reached it spoke to the school's payroll administrator.

The ministry understands no staff member at Hoani Waititi has taken out loans because of Novopay.

But it says the school has topped up some shortfalls and made manual payments to staff members.

The ministry says all staff there are now being paid, with only one outstanding inquiry relating to an underpayment.

The Ministry says it is looking into the school's concerns at the length of time it is taking for overpayment recovery. With underpayments, manual payments from the ministry's resourcing division can be requested.