Yet again another Novopay pay round has been labelled a shocker, as “the Ministry of Education fielded hundreds of calls from school staff either not paid or underpaid by Novopay yesterday.”
As you might have noticed, a ministerial inquiry is about to be established to inquire why the centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all system failed.
Perhaps the first question to be asked is ‘why is such a system is even necessary?’
Schools have their own pay administrators, who currently spend around half their time making up calculating pay and the other half trying to remedy stuff-ups by Novopay. Why on earth not have them simply pay the staff from the school’s bank account, without any need at all for a centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all payroll system?
Because perhaps the second point to contemplate is that the problem with Novopay is not specifically a software problem at all. I suggest instead it’s exactly what you’re expect of a centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all system.
Which, when you think about it, is exactly what you have with the government’s centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all mis-education system.
It’s just that the failures with Novopay are far more obvious than the failures of the mis-education system itself.