New overseas teacher recruits won't last without improvements to workload
14 November 2018
NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Ministry of Education's efforts in recruiting 550 overseas primary and secondary
teachers for next year, but warns these teachers won't stay long without improvements to workload.
"The huge workload and large class sizes that are driving New Zealanders out of teaching will be felt even more keenly
by overseas teachers who are also getting their head around a new curriculum and understanding different cultural
requirements," said NZEI President Lynda Stuart.
"The drive to recruit overseas teachers is a necessary short-term requirement in the current crisis, but we fear that
the huge expense of overseas recruitment will be repeated every year until we fix the core issue - teachers are burning
out because of the unreasonable demands of the job," she said.
Principals have also frequently raised the issue of the additional requirements schools face in mentoring overseas
Ms Stuart said teachers and principals were also very concerned that the Ministry's modelling was flawed and based on
false assumptions that underestimated the extent of the crisis.
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.