No statistics are available, but several principals say they have opted not to start classes until after Waitangi Day because of the heat at this time of year, combined with parents wanting to work up till Christmas at the other end of the year.
While there’s a growing focus on student mental health, educators say the teacher shortage crisis is taking a toll on their own mental wellbeing. Those who left the profession in 2018 have detailed the stress, workload and lack of work-life balance as reasons for quitting.
The Education Gazette lists 134 vacancies spread across 87 Auckland schools, 15 per cent of the region’s 565 schools. However the teacher shortage appears to have eased since this time last year, when 108 Auckland schools, or one in five schools, were still advertising for teachers.
One in five children in low decile schools is heading to school hungry, KidsCan says.
Back-to-school costs are getting harder for many families. A charitable trust is urging the Government to step in to help.
An academic course for Māori high school students is proving so popular there’s a waiting list to join. But there is little hope they’ll be able to sign up next year because the Ministry of Education won’t fund the programme.
Summer Wilkinson refused presents for her sixth birthday party, and instead collected school supplies for children in need.
In the Bike it Forward campaign, Bike Barn is asking New Zealanders to donate bicycles their children have outgrown or no longer use. Donated bikes will be given an overhaul by Bike Barn mechanics and then given to less advantaged kids and schools around the country, through the TRYathlon Foundation.
If we look at other parts of the world, it is clear what international education contributes – and has the potential to contribute. We need to ensure that the full contribution of international education is recognised here too, and that the valuable role education plays in internationalisation and connecting New Zealand with the rest of the world is understood and embraced.
MoE: In October 2018, the Government released an expanded teacher supply package to meet forecast the rising level of demand. This focused on meeting the immediate need through a blend of initiatives to increase supply of New Zealand trained teachers as well as provide a pool of qualified overseas trained teachers. Currently, our recruiters are working to fill 281 lodged roles, of which 152 are in Auckland. These 281 roles are for Term 1.