By: Audrey Young

Leader David Seymour has announced “good teacher grant” which bulk fund schools for teacher salaries at a rate of $93,000 a teacher. Photo / Audrey Young

Act is proposing to overhaul the way teachers are paid so that good teachers can be paid more and bad teachers less.

Leader David Seymour has announced “good teacher grant” which bulk fund schools for teacher salaries at a rate of $93,000 a teacher.

Schools would opt into it decide which teacher was paid what.

The scheme would cost $975 million.

Seymour announced the policy the party’s campaign launch in Ellerslie today.

He said that would give schools the ability to pay good teachers say $120,000.

“Top graduates dont want to start at around $50,000 and wait in line for a pay rise up to a maximum of $78,000.

“After that there is almost nowhere to go. Many have to go into management away from the students that need them most.”

Seymour is under secretary of education and his party established charter schools as a part of Act’s confidence and supply agreement with National for the past nine years.

The campaign launch as attended by about 150 people including former Auckland mayoral candidate John Palino.

He said the campaign slogan “Own Your Future,” which also happened to be the title of Seymour’s recently launched book.

Seymour is the MP for Epsom, and with National encouraging its supporters to give him their electorate vote, he is also the certain to keep the seat, meaning Act does not need to reach the 5 per cent threshold before its Party Votes count.

Seymour talked about one of his own teachers, Gordon Harries, or Mr H as he was known to Room Six of Maanu Primary School in Whangarei.

“The good news is that New Zealand has some of the best teachers in the world. The bad news is that we are doing a terrible job of keeping them and training them more.”

Source: NZ Herald


  1. They also need to take a look at the teacher registration process. There are hundreds of ex-teachers working in other industries who could bring all sorts of valuable skills and knowledge back into the profession. These people make better teachers than those who come direct from university. The registration process means you have to tick off about 50 different criteria to be accepted back into the profession. Honestly, give me a break. We could so easily solve the teacher crisis by modifying the registration process into more acceptable tiers (including teaching assistants – those with a teaching certificate or similar qualification – like they have other countries) and providing mentoring support and appraisal systems similar to those used in the business world. Education could certainly learn a lot more from the business world.


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