Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Over supply of primary teachers a disgrace


Over supply of primary teachers a disgrace

It is nothing short of astonishing that the NZ taxpayer has funded the training of twice as many primary teachers than are needed to meet demand and yet here in NZ we have an immediate shortage of some 1700 early childhood teachers. Mallard notes that he slapped a moratorium on new teacher training courses in 2000.

We hardly need reminding of that! His blanket moratorium is just one of the many union driven Mallard "initiatives" that have cut off the supply of trained early childhood teachers. The fact that primary teachers get no recognition for their qualification if they wish to work in the early childhood sector only exacerbates the problem and it is little wonder they are heading overseas in droves when they can not find jobs in NZ. It's a disgrace that training providers have been funded to train teachers we can't use but have failed to train sufficient teachers for those parts of the education sector with shortages.

I must have misunderstood the government's tertiary education strategy and the role of TEC where they talk of "collaboration and co-operation in the tertiary education system, and a greater system connectedness to wider New Zealand businesses, communities, iwi and enterprises".

There seems instead to be a very big dis-connectedness between supply and demand in teacher training and it is our youngest children who suffer yet again.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news