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