04 February 2008

New Zealand immigration could solve primary school teacher shortage

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New Zealand is currently suffering from a shortage of primary school teachers, which could mean an increase in people from the UK, who are qualified teachers, opting for New Zealand immigration. It is believed in order to reduce class sizes, in Auckland alone 300 new teachers will be needed.

A survey investigating the problem, conducted by the New Zealand government, has also revealed that the people from overseas who are applying for teacher jobs are lacking adequate English skills, meaning the opportunities are ideal for people from the UK, providing they meet the New Zealand Skilled Migration basic requirements. Auckland Primary Principals Association president, Ken Pemberton, said: "We've known that there is going to be a shortage ... the government has known about if for a while as well."

New Zealand immigration is also being touted as a solution for the IT skills shortage that is currently hitting the country. A recent report by IDC revealed that IT costs will rise as a result of the lack of people with IT skills.

New Zealand needs primary school teachers: Anyone applying for a New Zealand visa should begin by taking the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.


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