Auckland teacher shortage all Unions’ fault

A teacher shortage in Auckland will increase significantly, the Secondary Principals’ Association says.

The Education Minister Nikki Kaye acknowledged yesterday on NewsHub’s The Nation that Auckland is about 300 teachers short.

She said initiatives such as Teach First, which helps provisional teachers become fully registered, would help.

However, the president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, Kevin Bush, said not enough was being done with many schools struggling for the upcoming term.

“The Teach First project is addressing the future problem. But there’s an immediate problem that is going to hit schools in three weeks time where there will be classes that do not have teachers because schools cannot find teachers.”

Today the story is teachers, tomorrow it will be nurses and police officers.  Basically any profession that is on a nationally negotiated union contract that isn’t flexible enough to cater for local needs.

The proportion of the cost of living in Auckland means that market driven wages and salaries adjust.  That’s why some IT nerd can take home $150k in Auckland for something he won’t get much over $70k for in the regions.

But the market does not have the flexibility to make teaching in Auckland attractive in proportion to the cost of living.

The real solution is to pay teachers what they are worth in the market that they work in.

But no… we’re going to stuff it up even more.  How?  By quickly allowing more foreign teachers to immigrate.

National Awards distort the market.



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