4000 NZ teachers disappear   1 May 2012

4000 fewer full time equivalent employees in education and training than there were last year means there are fewer opportunities for people wanting to learn, says TEU national president Dr Sandra Grey.

Quarterly Employment Survey data released by Statistics NZ today shows that that the number of full time equivalent jobs in education and training fell by 3.6 percent over the last year.

The data does not show in what sector of education and training these jobs disappeared, but within the tertiary sector, there have been on-going restructuring and redundancies as a response to government budget cuts.

“Government funding cuts do not prioritise resource, they simply remove resources. In this case, the resources are people and the effect is fewer people to teach students who want to learn”, said Dr Grey.

(Tertiary Education Union)

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