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Additional Foreigners Required to deal with Teacher Shortage in Auckland

October 2017, 20
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The principals in Auckland who are facing a staffing crisis are seeking easier measures for foreigners to teach in the place. The Ministry of Education is stepping up to reorganize the process to recognize the qualifications for overseas-trained teachers.

Kevin Bush, President, Auckland Primary Principals' Association said these intervention measures were the need of the day because there was a staffing crisis in Auckland and dearth of first-rate teachers.

The teachers of highest quality must be allowed in the country, and the process to make it happen must be streamlined.

At present, the foreign teachers face a long drawn and costly process to have recognition of their qualifications, he added.

The process involves cooperation with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Education Council and Immigration authorities of New Zealand. 

There are several stages involved in the recognition of their qualifications which take a long time. The delay in processing is a serious concern harming the arrival of their overseas colleagues to New Zealand. He estimated that teachers who were overseas-trained were only five percent of teaching staff in Auckland, and there was a place to absorb more of them. 

Ellen MacGregor-Reid, Deputy Secretary, Education Ministry agreed that the present process meant for foreign teachers to live and work was difficult, and caused frustration, but some remedial measures were being taken. It needed an improvement she added. 

The Ministry was working towards cooperation with NZQA, Education Payroll, and Education Council to have a refined approach, leading to reduced time and fewer costs.   

The ongoing shortage of teachers in Auckland has encouraged the education groups to urge for increased pay, and for writing off of the student loans.

A plan based on 10-point was initiated by the NZEI Union, in association with, Principals Federation of New Zealand, and  Principals Association of Auckland and Waitakere Areas. 

New Zealand Education Institute wants the Government to commence the implementation of the plan before the end of the 2017 academic year.

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