I bet we don’t hear a peep about this gender imbalance

I bet we don’t hear a peep out of the usual moaners about this gender imbalance: Quote.

Women have finally overtaken men as principals of New Zealand schools, decades after teaching became a female-dominated profession.

Latest data shows that 1222 women and 1139 men were principals of state or integrated schools last year – a reversal from 2015 when there were 1207 male and 1173 female principals.

Sylvia Park School principal Barbara Ala’alatoa, who chairs the teachers’ professional body the Education Council, said the change was “about time”.

“For me, that’s a good thing,” she said.

“The fact of the matter is that we are dominated by females [in the profession]. We would consider that there would be enough teachers in the female pool naturally go on to be leaders.” End quote.

So, no concern about the gender imbalance in schools then? This sort of imbalance is perfectly acceptable?

The imbalance has been growing rapidly too: Quote.

As early as 1971, women already made up 62 per cent of NZ primary teachers, although they were then only 41 per cent of secondary teachers.

By 2004, those numbers were 82 per cent in primary schools and 57 per cent in secondary schools.

The proportions have actually been relatively stable since then, with women rising to 84 per cent at primary and 60 per cent at secondary level.

Despite this long history, most primary and intermediate school principals were men until 2012, and most secondary principals are still men. Last year 55 per cent of primary, and only 33 per cent of secondary, principals were women. End quote.

Surely something is being done to address the gender imbalance in teaching? Where is Julie Anne Genter on this?



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