PPTA cause a problem – then claim they are fixing it

The inability of school Principals to pay staff differently where there are shortages has two causes – the PPTA opposed bulk funding and PPTA/NZEI insistence on national contracts.

Principals struggling to fill teaching positions have resorted to buying houses for staff as a last ditch attempt to offset the impact of the housing crisis.

A “perfect storm” has created a secondary school teaching shortage, exacerbated by teachers fleeing Auckland’s skyrocketing house prices, a principal says.

A new survey of principals found about one in 10 schools reported they were unable to fill permanent positions after advertising.

The average secondary school teacher earns between $46,000 and $75,000 but the median Auckland house price is $812,000 – four times the value of a Southland house.  

The growing problem has led to education unions and the Ministry of Education to join forces to find solutions, but at least one principal is taking measures into his own hands to combat the teacher shortage.

There are currently no extra incentives for teachers working in hard-to-fill subjects, or for those working in the country’s most populated city.

That means graduates can expect the same salary whether they work in Invercargill or Auckland, despite the huge divide in accommodation costs.

The teacher’s union the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) are working with the Ministry of Education on a report into the teacher shortages that they caused.

There is as much use belonging to a teacher union as there is to the Labour Party.

 

– Fairfax


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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