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Primary teachers proposed settlement good news

Primary teachers proposed settlement good news - NZSTA

The New Zealand School Trustees Association is welcoming the primary school teachers’ proposed settlement.

New NZSTA President Chris Haines says the proposed collective employment agreement comes with a package of proposals to investigate teachers’ workload, examine career pathways and raise the quality of teaching and the teaching workforce.

“I am delighted that this will see the Ministry of Education, the NZEI and primary teachers take the very constructive step to look at long-term improvements which will have significant benefits to all students.”

“With the recent settlement of the secondary teachers’ agreement for a similar term it looks like we can now focus on positive ways forward to enhance the quality of education to be delivered to our students.”

“Our members will see this proposed settlement as a constructive way forward. It gives the industry the chance to deal with important issues like the quality of the primary teaching profession in a positive environment. The parties are to be congratulated.”

Chris Haines says the proposed settlement charts a new course, which is based on protecting the value of teachers’ salaries while enabling work programmes to be undertaken over the term of the agreement.

The NZSTA will be involved in a number of work programmes with the Ministry of Education and the NZEI as a result of this settlement. A key goal is to ensure boards of trustees have highly capable primary teachers to lift achievement for all students.

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