The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said preliminary reports showed “moderate evidence” of shortages among primary, secondary and early childhood teachers and it needed strong evidence before any of the occupations could be added to its Essential Skills in Demand Lists.
The Government is throwing more money at the teachers’ shortage, but a union boss says it’s unlikely to sway teachers voting on strike action.
New Zealand has 55,020 registered teachers, as at April 2017 – 40,819 of these are women. That is almost three times the 14,201 male teachers educating our children.
Flaxmere College, in the heart of the titular Hastings suburb, didn’t always cater to students’ needs like this. In 2009, it hit a low. Its students were underperforming, and truant. Only a third were achieving NCEA levels 1 and 2, and only eight per cent were achieving level 3.
Ministry of Education deputy secretary Katrina Casey said “experienced learning support specialists are always in high demand”. It provides about 250 study grants each year for people wanting to work with special needs children.
More EIS staff were being “actively recruited, but it will take time for the effects of this to have an impact on reducing the wait for families,” Casey said.
NZGovt: The Coalition Government is ramping up efforts to attract over 850 additional teachers to meet an expected shortfall next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.
NZEI: NZEI 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.