Auck­land teacher short­age to get worse

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

More than two thirds of Auck­land’s new pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate teach­ers are think­ing about leav­ing the city due to the cost of liv­ing, a new sur­vey has found.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate teach­ers’ union the New Zealand Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute, polled more than 450 Auck­land teach­ers with up to two years of ex­pe­ri­ence.

It found that 94 per cent of male teach­ers un­der 35 were think­ing about leav­ing or def­i­nitely leav­ing Auck­land.

Sixty-four per cent of all the teach­ers sur­veyed had given up hope of ever own­ing their own home in Auck­land.

NZEI said the re­sults showed the Auck­land teacher short­age would soon be­come a ‘‘big­ger dis­as­ter’’ than pre­vi­ously thought.

Bal­moral School prin­ci­pal and NZEI strate­gist on Auck­land is­sues Mal­colm Mil­ner said it was ‘‘beyond time for ac­tion’’ on the is­sue.

The union felt that teach­ers’ pay was too low and the cost and pro­vi­sion of hous­ing was a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the short­age.

‘‘NZEI mem­bers want to know if the Gov­ern­ment has a plan for ad­dress­ing the cri­sis, and if so, what it is. If the Gov­ern­ment does not have a plan, then the ques­tion is why not? If it does, then show it to us.

‘‘This sur­vey in­di­cates that in the fu­ture you’re go­ing to see even fewer teach­ers avail­able, or want­ing to work in Auck­land than now. This will have a ma­jor im­pact on the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren in Auck­land.’’

Ellen Macgre­gor-reid, Deputy Sec­re­tary Early Learn­ing and Stu­dent Achieve­ment at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion said Auck­land was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ‘‘some sup­ply pres­sure as a ‘mini baby-boom’ moves through the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and the city grows.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to note the num­ber of teach­ers in Auck­land has also grown with 1,786 more teach­ers in Auck­land in 2016 than in 2006 (tak­ing the num­ber of teach­ers in Auck­land schools to around 21,700).’’

‘‘Data shows that teacher re­ten­tion re­mains gen­er­ally high at both the na­tional level and the Auck­land level at over 92 per cent.’’

The num­bers of ad­ver­tised va­can­cies gave ‘‘some limited in­sight into ac­tual de­mand and sup­ply’’ and the lat­est ad­ver­tised va­cancy data for Auck­land was 221 for the month of June, Macgre­gor-reid said

CHRIS MC­K­EEN/STUFF

Bal­moral School prin­ci­pal Mal­colm Mil­ner says there will be even fewer teach­ers want­ing to work in Auck­land in the fu­ture.

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