More New Zealanders are finally going into teaching again, apparently because the teacher shortage is making them confident of getting a job.
Education recruitment agency assures principals of rigorous recruitment process so that top candidates with relevant experience are put forward for Kiwi teaching positions.
While the Government says overseas recruitment campaign is having an impact on the teacher shortage, many schools are still struggling to recruit teaching staff. Opposition parties share their ideas on what else is needed to help relieve the shortage.
A massive drive to recruit foreign teachers to fill gaps in schools is costing taxpayers about $10,000 for every teacher recruited.
Over 800 overseas teachers are ready for schools to interview for them to start at the beginning of next year.
Kiwi teacher Reuben Potaka says that while he misses teaching in New Zealand, thinking about what he will earn when he returns, in comparison to what he is earning teaching in Dubai, is “actually devastating”.
The PPTA has just announced that it has rejected the Government’s latest pay offer. This comes after the NZEI Te Riu Roa’s rejection last night of the latest Government offer, and signals that more strikes could be on the cards for both primary and secondary schools in 2019.