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 I’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. 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. Schools have become an unwilling conduit for solving all of society’s ills. 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. The bulk of my time was taken up with behaviour management. 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. Read more »