PPTA President: There aren't enough teachers and something needs to be done

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 7:07PM
The President of the PPTA says the current workload and remuneration involved in teaching are leading to a severe teacher shortage (Photo: File)

The president of the Post Primary Teachers Association says they will be discussing a strategy to get a 14.5 percent salary increase.

Jack Boyle said they'll be putting the strategy forward for next year's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

It will be separate to an immediate five percent rise advocated for at today's conference in Rotorua.

Mr Boyle says the last time there was a significant pay increase during a teacher shortage, the average teacher salary was one point eight times the median wage.

"Now it is 1.5, so that 14 percent differential would catch us back up to where we were when we were able to address the severe shortages."

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