READER REPORT:

Can you fix the economy? Don't push teachers overseas

MARK GERAETS
Last updated 09:30 18/12/2012

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As a teacher with a Master's Degree I have left New Zealand to find recognition and the ability to practice my profession as it should be.

I was a principal in New Zealand when I left and I intended to leave for a two-year sabbatical. But when I discovered that in a foreign country I could teach, receive appropriate remuneration and be recognised for the professional I am, returning to New Zealand seemed pointless.

New Zealand sets a low benchmark for teacher recruitment which then feeds in to the perception that teachers are fairly low level (justifiably so as at the bottom end we have teachers who cannot articulate a well-formed sentence).

Teacher salaries are also poor.

These factors encourage our better teachers to leave the country. 


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