End­ing Auck­land teacher short­age

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - KYMBERLEE FERNANDES

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.’’

KYMBERLEE FERNANDES/FAIRFAX NZ

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye at Rowan­dale School in Ma­nurewa.

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