May 14, 2019
Future at stake in teacher strike
The president of the Principals Association says the megastrike is about the future of the teaching profession.
In an unprecedented move teachers from both primary and secondary schools will stop work on on May 29.
Whetu Cormick says young people aren't choosing teaching as a career.
He says while the unions welcomed efforts to recruit new teachers, including scholarships for Māori teachers, it's not enough.
"How do we attract our young people into the teaching profession and if they hear this is what we are getting paid, if they hear about the challenges and the lack of support around special education, that's what the unions have been talking about, and if they hear there is not enough time to do the work, we may not get them coming into the profession," Mr Cormick says.
Surveys conducted by education sector unions indicates strong support in the community and among parents for the teachers' action.
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