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Education crisis talks are underway

Mar 15th, 2018 | By | Category: Radio News

Claims of 9 years of undervaluing and underfunding teachers are behind a series of meetings around the country this week.

The meetings, run by New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa, offer teachers and principals a chance to discuss pressing issues such as teacher shortages and inadequate resources.

National Executive member Liam Rutherford says change is well overdue.

He points out that an ongoing teacher shortage isn’t just the result of struggles to recruit new teachers, but also because of the number of people leaving the profession.

Liam Rutherford, who is also the team leader of the primary teachers negotiating team, says another purpose of the meetings’ is to make sure NZEI members are being accurately represented.

He says the first step in solving the education crisis is an increase in funding for the education sector.

NZEI is the New Zealand’s largest education union, made up of 47,000 principals, teachers, and support staff across the education sector.

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