Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity

Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity
Published: 05 November 2018 (935 Views)
New Zealand has announced that it will need at least 850 new teaching staff to handle shortages in the coming year and Zimbabwe has not been mentioned among countries with teaching qualifications that are similar to New Zealand.

In a statement released by New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hipkins in October, the country said that 650 extra primary teachers and 200 extra secondary teachers will be needed in 2019 to meet a rising level of demand – driven mainly by a forecast growth in the number of students in schools.

"We know that some schools and parents, particularly in the Auckland area but also in pockets around the country, are concerned that not enough teachers are coming into the system, and we are determined to pull out all the stops to meet next year's projected shortfall," Hipkins said.

"We're committing an extra $10.5 million, on top of the $29.5 million already announced since late last year, to ramp up teacher recruitment initiatives and increase funding for schools – bringing funding to $40 million this year to fill vacancies."

While the New Zealand government has confirmed that it will implement a number of incentives to encourage more local teachers, in the short-term it has turned to overseas recruitment.

"Last week Immigration NZ, working with the Education Ministry, directly emailed 6,000 overseas teachers who've registered an interest in working here – to encourage them to take the next step.

"A social media campaign targeting this groups is also underway and a campaign targeting New Zealand-trained teachers working overseas will follow soon.

"The Education Ministry is working with the Teaching Council to improve the support available to overseas-trained teachers, including a focus on induction that builds the culturally responsive practices needed to work in New Zealand. "

Hipkins said that it would be targeting countries with teaching qualifications that are similar to New Zealand.

This will include the UK, Ireland Canada, South Africa, Australia and Fiji, he said.

He added that Auckland is currently facing the most pressure.

"(The data) shows that 260 extra primary teachers and 130 extra secondary teachers will be needed to meet demand in Auckland," he said.

Other in-demand areas include  Southland and Queenstown/Wanak which are facing demand for primary teachers, while  Northland and Tauranga are facing pressure for secondary teachers.

- businesstech

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

MDC resolves to dialogue with Mnangagwa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 February 2019 | 56 Views

RTGS is the electronic version of the bond note

by Colls Ndlovu | 20 February 2019 | 39 Views

The current monetary policy review will worsen current fiscal imbalances

by Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo | 20 February 2019 | 61 Views

Mnangagwa, Chiwenga are scaring investors away

by Frazer Muzondo | 20 February 2019 | 45 Views

Umuntu Movement Zimbabwe's donated parcel detained by Zimra

by Enos Denhere | 20 February 2019 | 58 Views

THI, Zimnat announce underwriting management agency agreement

by Staff writer | 20 February 2019 | 68 Views

Chiwenga unable to speak and has not eaten for a week

by ZimLive | 20 February 2019 | 153 Views

EXCLUSIVE: 'Rainbow hotel lied about Bulwayo's capacity'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 February 2019 | 74 Views

Zimbabwe introduces the RTGS Dollar currency

by Ndou Paul | 20 February 2019 | 145 Views

Bulilima legislator thanks ZINWA surveyors for Mabhongane Dam visit

by Titshabona Ncube | 20 February 2019 | 53 Views

Zimbabwe army vows 'snap search for its uniforms'

by newzimbabwe | 20 February 2019 | 63 Views

Is Zimbabwe nostalgic for Robert Mugabe?

by AFP | 20 February 2019 | 83 Views

Lest you invite bad omens

by Thomas Murisa | 20 February 2019 | 48 Views

LIVE- All eye on Mangudya #MonetaryPolicyStatement speech

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 182 Views

Chamisa is giving the Zanu-PF regime sleepless nights

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 99 Views

Bushiri responds to sexual abuse allegations

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 February 2019 | 88 Views

Zimbabwe Monetary policy highlights - RTGs now a currency

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 152 Views

'Mnangagwa is a dog' trial stalls

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 91 Views

MDC Alliance, Mnangagwa lawyers trade barbs

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 70 Views

Ex-army boss evicts 300 families

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 83 Views

Beitbridge border expansion commences

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 62 Views

Court stops Immigration Department hearings

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 57 Views

New currency announced

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 February 2019 | 112 Views

Missing woman found dead

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 73 Views

Couple escapes jail for stocktheft

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 47 Views

'Support Zanu-PF, Mnangagwa for peace'

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 53 Views

Mugabe son in-law trial continues

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 45 Views

Cops charged with assault

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 47 Views

Mnangagwa launches India-Africa Incubation Centre

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 81 Views

How to Choose the Best Forex Broker for Beginners

by Staff Reporter | 20 February 2019 | 84 Views

Mnangagwa avails $30m for Matabeleland South roads

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 71 Views

Zimbabwe set to modernise 6,000 schools

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 71 Views

When 45 Degrees falls to Zero, Freedom is nigh!

by Multiverse Dungani | 20 February 2019 | 95 Views

Looting cases clog Bulawayo courts

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 60 Views

High Court to rule on Parirenyatwa request

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 66 Views

Mnangagwa gets fresh chance from EU

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 72 Views

LIVE- Monetary policy statement presentation

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2019 | 133 Views

WATCH: Jonathan Moyo's farm collapses

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 February 2019 | 117 Views