As the principal of a rural CHB school I am extremely concerned about the issues around teacher recruitment and retention that are currently facing our schools. We often hear about teacher shortages in schools in South Auckland and other large urban areas, but it’s not only these schools that are affected — CHB schools are not exempt. Children receiving a quality education that will set them up for life is what both parents and students expect and deserve. However, I worry about the future of teaching and children’s learning if we can’t attract and retain great people into the teaching profession. I know many great teachers who currently feel disillusioned with their profession. There is a growing teacher shortage throughout NZ. There has been a 40 per cent drop in teacher graduates in the past five years but student numbers are growing. Teacher workload and salaries are both issues that are compounding this problem. It is pleasing to note that our current Government is listening to our concerns and has promised an increase on spending in the education sector. However, the problem is big and therefore the solution also needs to be big and bold to ensure this crisis is tackled. This issue affects every New Zealander, whether or not you have a child currently at school. Our country will be led tomorrow by the children being educated today and it is imperative that these children are getting the finest education possible. Sherwood School is extremely fortunate to have small class sizes and great teachers.
Principal Sherwood School