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Education Minister Stanford warns secondary teacher shortage will worsen as numbers dwindle

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Newstalk ZB,
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Wed, 3 Apr 2024, 6:07PM
Erica Stanford. Photo / File
Erica Stanford. Photo / File

Education Minister Stanford warns secondary teacher shortage will worsen as numbers dwindle

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 3 Apr 2024, 6:07PM

Education Minister Erica Stanford says a shortfall of secondary teachers is chronic across the country.

The Government has announced a residency fast track for overseas teachers, in a bid to plug the gaps.

Stanford, also the Immigration Minister, says by the end of the year we'll be 227 teachers short.

"Next year- rising to about 550 and then the year after that, 679. And when I saw those figures at the end of last year, I believe it was, I had a small heart attack because those are big numbers."

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