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Government boost won't end Pacific teacher shortage

15 December 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

A former primary school principal says a $9.5 million teacher-supply package will get more teachers into classrooms, but won't address the need for more Pacific educators. 

New Zealand Pasifika Principals Association. Photo/ Karl Vasau.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the funding will support more graduates into permanent teaching positions, support experienced teachers back into the profession and recruit new graduates into teaching.

But former Mt Albert Primary School principal Enosa Auva'a says there just aren't enough quality Pasifika teachers to help plug the teacher shortage crisis.

"We don't have enough Pacific teachers in the teaching force and we don't have enough quality applicants too," he says. 

"That's been a problem for education for a long time, we're not attracting the best candidates to the profession at all."

He says teaching is often not a priority profession for Pacific people. 

"What we're finding is that our Pacific candidates, this will be their second or third choice."

Tags: education,