Novopay problems expected to be ironed out this week

It's hoped the majority of problems with the teachers' payroll system will be ironed out this week.

Since Novopay took over paying teachers in September, there have been over 8,000 cases of teachers being wrongly paid, or not paid at all.

As of Saturday, there were still 1500 outstanding cases of teachers not being paid correctly, or on time.

The ministry has told Novopay to have all the issues fixed by Wednesday, the same day associate Education Minister Craig Foss is expected to meet with the head of the Principals' Federation over the issue.

Mr Foss says we must remember there are always teething problems in cases like this.

"I expect it to be actually better than 1500, that was the number as at Saturday. They have been working over the weekend to get the backlog out of the way so we can get round to a normal system."

Meantime Labour's accusing the Education Minister of not taking her portfolio seriously, with her passing off the Novopay scandal to her associate, Craig Foss.

Labour's education spokeswoman Nanaia Mahuta says Hekia Parata should be fronting up and demanding answers, and not leaving Mr Foss to deal with it.

She says he's not on top of it and Ms Parata shouldn't be letting it slide.

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