19 September 2007

New Zealand immigration needed for teacher 'supply crisis'

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New Zealand's primary teacher supply crisis has schools struggling to put teachers in front of classrooms, according to teachers union the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI). The Ministry of Education is about to implement an advertising campaign to attract primary school teachers interested in New Zealand immigration.

NZEI national president Irene Cooper said it has reached the point where some schools have had to divide classes between other teachers when a supply teacher can't be found.

Particular crisis points being reported are south Auckland and south Canterbury. According to the Auckland Primary Principals Association, the situation is so bad that some schools can't find a teacher to fill in and some children get a different [supply] teacher every day.

The Ministry of Education admits the labour market for teaching is the tightest it has been since the late 1990s, partly as the result of significant growth in Auckland schools.

South Canterbury Primary Principals Association president Peter Roundhill told the Timaru Herald that the problem is unlikely to change in the near future. "Our definitive problem is in the [supply] field. There is a real shortage of trained teachers for [supply] and some schools are finding it difficult to call upon them," he said.

New Zealand needs primary school teachers: anyone interested in New Zealand immigration should complete the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they qualify for a New Zealand visa.


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