Ending Auckland teacher shortage
There’s a ray of hope for schools facing a teacher shortage in Auckland.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye’s latest announcement includes lifting the moratorium on teacher education programmes, making it easier for South Aucklanders to pursue teaching careers and a further $3 million in funding to help increase teacher numbers.
The moratorium on new teacher education programmes has been lifted for Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
The current moratorium which has been in place since 2000 aimed to gain control over the quantity and quality of initial teacher education programmes.
From March 2018, AUT will offer the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Education (BEd ECE), the Bachelor of Education Primary (BEd Primary) and the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at the Manukau campus.
School of Education head Lyn Lewis says there are 40 places in each of the BE courses and the Secondary Grad Dip but if there is greater demand AUT will take more.
‘‘We will be responsive to all applicants who meet the entry requirements to our initial teacher education programmes,’’ she says.
‘‘We would hope in time, to provide around 30 to 60 teachers each year in the early childhood, primary and secondary sectors.’’
Kaye says currently, trainee teachers living in South Auckland who are enrolled in AUT programmes must travel to the North Shore campus, and that ‘‘has an obvious impact in terms of travel time and costs’’.
This is about making it easier for people living in South Auckland to pursue teaching careers, she says.
‘‘It’s important to me that we encourage diversity in our teaching profession, and we help local principals overcome challenges they face finding quality applicants to fill vacancies.’’
She also announced a $3 million funding boost to help increase teacher numbers in Auckland.
‘‘This funding will expand the popular Auckland Beginner Teacher Project, and provide relocation grants for returning New Zealand trained teachers or overseas trained teachers,’’ she says.
‘‘Making it easier for people to train means we should increase the pool of teachers to step into jobs.’’
Education Minister Nikki Kaye at Rowandale School in Manurewa.