New Zealand recruiting South African teachers to tackle shortage

If you are a teacher‚ New Zealand is looking for you.

The New Zealand government said on October 14 it is going to recruit 6‚000 teachers from South Africa‚ the United Kingdom‚ Ireland‚ Canada‚ Australia and Fiji to address its anticipated shortage.

“Our immediate focus is to get sufficient quality teachers in place for the next school year. But longer-term workforce planning is already under way‚ and the analysis being refined will support this work to address what is expected to be a need for even more teachers in a few years’ time‚” New Zealand education minister Chris Hipkins wrote.

“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.”

University of Witwatersrand (Wits) education expert Mary Metcalfe doubts South African teachers will respond in a high enough number to impact the local education system.

“It is often young people who seek these opportunities and these enrich their experience and ultimately benefit the profession here when they return.”

By: Nico Gous

Source: TMG Digital.

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