The Ministry of Education has announced that teacher ranks increased by 1,000 in 2018 and are expected to increase by a further 1,000 by the end of this year.
In a statement, the Ministry said the retention of regular teachers was high at above 90 per cent.
“We’ve also seen increases in students enrolling for the first time in initial teacher education qualifications,” the statement said.
“Between 2016 and 2018 there were increases of 17 per cent in primary sector students and 12 per cent in secondary sector students. It is likely that the number of first-time students in 2019 will be similar to 2018.”
The statement said the Ministry was continuing to work hard to recruit teachers — both from within New Zealand and from overseas.
It said funds had been allocated focused on getting New Zealand trained teachers to return to and stay in the profession and encouraging people to train as teachers, including support for career changers and a range of scholarships.
“Alongside a focus on growing domestic supply, the overseas recruitment campaign has helped provide qualified teachers for our classrooms and will continue to do so,” the statement said.
“Since September 2018 there have been more than 16,000 applications, with over 800 qualified teachers currently ready for principals to interview and to-date more than 800 teachers supported to relocate.”