Job Shortages After Teacher Flood
Hundreds of new teachers trained to overcome a staffing shortage in schools are struggling to find jobs.
The Government spent millions on attracting new teachers to training schools, particularly in lower-decile areas.
But students who went in thinking they had a guaranteed job at the end of their training are now finding they have nowhere to go.
The global economic crisis is being blamed for a rise in the number of teachers staying in their jobs, meaning few new positions are becoming available.
"The number of schoolteachers leaving the profession is at its lowest point for 10 years, and so is the number of teaching vacancies," said TeachNZ manager Di Davies.
"This is reducing the number of positions available for teachers who are looking for work. As a result, there is now high competition for teaching jobs and they are being filled quickly."
In 2009, the Government set up a $19 million teacher-bonding scheme to help overcome a shortage of staff at the chalkface and to attract personnel to schools that had difficulty retaining staff.