More males teach
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.