Hekia Parata’s war on teachers has resulted in plummeting morale and is stopping our best and brightest from joining this critical profession, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
"A just released report by The New Zealand Initiative notes satisfaction among secondary school teachers has fallen from 70 per cent in 2009 to 57 per cent last year.
"It also notes we are losing talented teachers because Government reforms have ‘exhausted teachers and yielded very little progress’. That is because the opinions of teachers have not been respected and their professional development has been largely ignored.
"This report highlights the damage National is doing to our education system.
"Rather than building on our strengths in the education system, National is importing failed ideological experiments from overseas like charter schools and national testing. Teachers have also been understandably distracted by having to fight for their rightful pay during the Novopay debacle.
"We urgently need to rebuild a relationship of trust between Government and those working in classrooms every day. We need high-quality, committed teachers to lift student achievement.
"There needs to be policies to attract, retain and develop teachers.
"Sadly, that will never happen while Hekia Parata is constantly telling teachers they're failing Kiwi kids," Chris Hipkins says.
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