More males teach

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

The num­ber of male teach­ers in ECE na­tion­ally grew by 11 per cent be­tween 2012 and 2013.

Les­ley Hoskin, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion act­ing deputy sec­re­tary, stu­dent achieve­ment, said grow­ing that fur­ther is not the pri­or­ity though.

‘‘Our pri­or­ity is rais­ing achieve­ment for all stu­dents and ev­i­dence shows that qual­ity teach­ing, not gen­der, is the key to help­ing chil­dren reach their full po­ten­tial.

‘‘For ECE we are fo­cussed on rais­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion so that in 2016, 98 per cent of chil­dren start­ing school have at­tended qual­ity ECE.

‘‘ Schools and ECE ser­vices ap­point teach­ers and make their own de­ci­sions about the men and women they em­ploy based on the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired for a role.’’

She said there are cur­rently more teach­ers than there are teach­ing roles, in­clud­ing many qual­i­fied male teach­ers whom boards can ap­point.

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