Are you a teacher and do the wide, open spaces of New Zealand attract you? Well, then it’s your lucky day, month and even year as the New Zealand government is offering expat Kiwis and foreign teachers a $7000 incentive to teach in the country. The reason for the incentive is that the population of New Zealand is expanding so quickly that the government is desperately seeking teachers to teach – particularly in the science fields.
Incentives for teachers in New Zealand
New Zealand’s population surges
New Zealand’s population has surged to the highest amount in 43 years, as people across the globe are attracted to this safe, politically stable country. Experts call it the ‘island of calm in troubled waters’ and it has seen an influx of 100 300 people since March 2016, which is the largest increase since 1974. Natural population growth has also contributed 28 300 people to the rise in numbers. The number also includes a surge from Britain – who have partly been driven to New Zealand by fears of the effects of Brexit. The strong economy, low interest rates and booming construction and trade sectors add to the expat appeal.
$1 million available per year to attract teachers
New Zealand’s educational Minister, Nikki Kaye says the government will spend $1 million a year for the next two years on recruiting teachers and will pay $7000 to the teachers and $3000 ‘finding fees’ to the schools that recruit them. The grants will be available to foreign teachers recruited for jobs in ‘hard-to-staff’ subjects or schools. Auckland has been identified as a region that needs teachers and science teachers are in demand nation wide. Mathematics is another area that may be a possible high-demand subject.
The new grant means that New Zealand can compete with other countries that are also doing their best to recruit teachers.
New Zealand’s education system is one of the best in the world
The New Zealand educational system has high levels of literacy, mathematics and science and is regarded as one of the best in the world. Several indices actually rate New Zealand, as the number one country in the world for education and it offers the highest percentage of public funding for education in the world.
There are three types of schools in New Zealand – state schools, state integrated schools and private schools.
State schools: These are funded by the government and educate the vast majority of New Zealand’s children. As a citizen or permanent resident, your children will be able to attend these schools for free – although a contribution may be requested to cover any costs outside the core curriculum.
State Integrated Schools: These are former private schools that have now become integrated into state education. They may be run by a particular religious faith or be specialist education schools such as Montessori schools. Just over 10% of New Zealand’s children attend state integrated schools.
Private Schools: Just fewer than 5% of New Zealand’s population attend private schools – where students pay for their tuition.