David Cunliffe wants immigrants and former Kiwi teachers to fill the gaps his 2000 new teachers policy has created.
One such teacher emails:
Over the weekend Iâ€™ve unwittingly become one of the teachers Labour desperately needs to make up the 2000 extra they’ve promised.
I work in Brunei, make decent coin, can save, and can travel cheaply.Â I’ve got 15 years experience, post-grad quals, and have worked in a range of unique schools from Kuwait to Laos to Kazakhstan as well as many years in NZ.
Frankly, there’s not a snowballs chance in hell I’d ever return to full time teaching in NZ.Â Schools have become an unwilling conduit for solving all of societyâ€™s ills.Â Teachers are expected to be social workers, counsellors, and doctors on a daily, week in week out basis with zero respite for staff simply wanting to plan, teach, assess, evaluate, plan…
I left NZ disillusioned with the profession as it stood.Â The bulk of my time was taken up with behaviour management.Â All the professional development I undertook (usually at my expense) was rendered useless by the sheer volume of time taken up having to manage the behaviour of wayward kids. Â Read more »