Parents praise capability of Kiwi teachers
21 October 2016
NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green says teachers will welcome a new report finding that nine out of ten Kiwi parents believe their child’s teacher is “very capable”.
The ASG Parents Report Card released today also found that 87 per cent of parents think that their child’s teacher is highly educated.
“This supports the findings of an OECD study earlier this year, which showed that New Zealand teachers are among the most professional in the world. Unlike many countries, that quality is consistent across schools, regardless of decile,” said Ms Green.
In the ASG study, 11% of parents rated their child’s teacher as capable or below, with some raising concerns about teachers being “bogged down” in the curriculum, or a lack of training to deal with different educational needs.
The report suggested that the concerns of parents could also highlight a gap in their understanding of what teachers do in the classroom, and proposed that involving parents more in their children’s day-to-day learning could change such parental perceptions.