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Morning Report: Recruiting Overseas Teachers (2)


Earlier, Adam noted how the Ministry of Education was proposing a major campaign to recruit overseas teachers to NZ

As part of that he noticed how Morning Report had a number of segments on this issue.

Previously the blog has considered a MR segment from a teacher who came from overseas

Let’s now take a look from another perspective. MR talked to Minister Chris Hipkins about the new initiative, but this was prefaced by some additional comments from teachers, negative on Hipkins initiative

The government’s plan to recruit hundreds of overseas teachers in New Zealand classrooms by the beginning of the next school year has been dismissed as a nonsense by some teachers. The government has increased its 2019 target for recruiting overseas teachers from 400 to 900. Immigration New Zealand has emailed 6000 overseas teachers who had registered an interest in working here. It’s also trying to lure back New Zealand-trained teachers as it focuses on trying to get the 850 teachers it says it needs for next year. Michael Harvey is a secondary school science teacher who now teaches in Malaysia. He says things would need to change for him to come back. Education Minister Chris Hipkins tells Susie Ferguson the government will be pulling out all the stops to recruit enough teachers.

Hipkins was, to Adam’s mind, less than convincing.

Again Hipkins trotted out the Ardern mantra of nine years of neglect. This mantra, repeated, by Labour is getting very tired.

Some immediate questions:-

  • new overseas teachers will find it hard to be here for a new school year
  • Hipkins says immigration targets not affected – given other news re other industries and sectors this seems rather squidgy at best
  • Hipkins did not address the issues raised by McCabe earlier or by Harvey in his brief soundbite.

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