NZEI (Teacher Union) greatly appreciates the New Zealand wide community support that they have received following the decision to strike on Wednesday 29 May.
This decision was not taken lightly. For the first time, both primary and secondary teachers are striking together because there is a crisis in education that is affecting students’ education and the Government needs to understand how serious it is.
Schools are grappling with the fallout of a 40% nosedive in the number of people training to be teachers between 2010 and 2016, even while the population grew by 400,000. While the situation improved a little in 2018 and the Government has announced an urgent $95m package to recruit teachers, NZEI believes this is not sufficient to address the long term impact on students’ education. Some schools struggle to find enough teachers to meet their daily relief teacher needs and this could worsen as winter approaches. There is also a desperate need for more support for children with additional learning needs.
I would like to thank the Te Huruhi School community for all the support you have already provided to our teachers over the campaign and request your further support for the planned Teacher Strike on Wednesday 29th May.
This article is due to expire on or before 5:00pm on Thursday May 30th, 2019