From the CE’s Pen
Kia ora, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Nisa bula vinaka, Ni hao, Namaste, greetings from Te Hononga Akoranga, COMET Auckland.
Just six weeks into the year, 2018 is already reminding me of the old Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times”. Auckland schools are short-staffed as the combined effect of rising housing costs and a nation-wide teacher shortage kick in. Meanwhile, Pacific language ECEs are raising concerns that the English language requirements for teacher registration are a barrier to skilled and otherwise qualified staff being employed and paid as teachers. On the policy level, the new Government has moved quickly to establish fees-free tertiary learning for first-time students, to remove the requirement to report against National Standards and announce the end of charter schools, among other changes.
Not all these changes are negative by any means and, in fact, change is needed if our education system is to deliver equitably for all Aucklanders.
However, the effect of multiple changes at one time adds uncertainty and Continue reading “Susan Says … February 2018”