Staff cuts at Auckland University because of dropping enrolments for initial teacher education (ITE) are another sign
that bold measures are needed to turn around New Zealand’s growing teacher shortage.
NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said teachers’ huge workload and the low pay they received for their level of
skills, qualifications and responsibilities was pushing people out of the profession and deterring many others from
“If we don’t take some bold steps now, we’ll be looking at classrooms of 40 children within a few years. We have to act
now and stop this crisis from turning into a disaster for our students.”
NZEI had warned
that Budget 2018’s extra funding for another 1500 ITE places was putting the cart before the horse because unless
teaching could be made more attractive, the number of students enrolling in teacher training would continue to stagnate
“Primary teachers and principals are currently in negotiations to renew their collective agreements. We’re asking for a
16% pay rise over two years and more planning and assessment time so we have time to teach, time to lead and time to
meet the needs of our students without completely burning ourselves out,” said Ms Stuart.
NZEI Te Riu Roa
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.