Ed­u­ca­tion cri­sis

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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.

Chris­tine Mor­ri­son

Prin­ci­pal Sherwood School

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