Steps to fix teacher shortage are welcome but...
Steps to fix teacher shortage are welcome but class
sizes and pay must be addressed to keep
14 October 2018
Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Government's announcement of new
initiatives to address the growing teacher shortage, but
says teaching must become a sustainable career choice if
there is to be a long-term solution.
NZEI President Lynda
Stuart said it was good that the government was
acknowledging the gravity of the teacher shortage, but the
forecast shortage of 650 primary teachers and 200 secondary
teachers next year was probably too conservative.
Government's new initiatives are a necessary short-term fix
in the midst of this crisis, but we really need more
sustainable changes for the long term to encourage New
Zealanders to enter the teaching profession and stay in it,"
"Overseas recruitment may be necessary given
this crisis point, but it's a bandaid solution - there's a
global shortage of teachers, and if we don't do something
about the workload and remuneration of teachers, overseas
teachers won't last in the system any longer than our
Ms Stuart said the only way to truly
fix the shortage was to change the working environment for
"As we've been saying throughout our collective
agreement negotiations this year, we need a significant pay
jolt, smaller class sizes, more time for planning and
assessment and more support for children with additional
"We also need better joined-up forecasting
and planning for education and housing, as these affect both
student demographics and teacher
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