Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the Government’s fees-free policy may have helped stabilise a drop off in tertiary enrolments. About 50,000 people are expected to benefit from the policy this year.
When Ben Drury was teaching at a New Zealand primary school, he was stressed, working at the weekends and “chasing his tail” in the evenings. After more than a decade in the classroom, friends started heading overseas to teach – and Drury followed suit, first to Singapore and then to Korea.
A new plan to tighten quality controls on childcare centres may force some centres to raise fees and others to close.
NZCER: 2018 Beeby Award announcement.
NZGovt: A bold ten year plan looks to restore the Government’s commitment to quality in early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced. “Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said.
NZ Kindergartens: “This is our moment to get it right for young children and reset government policy in the interests of high quality teaching and learning” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive NZ Kindergartens.