MP for Dunedin South
Dunedin Tech Teaching
Positions in Jeopardy
Dunedin Labour MPs
Clare Curran and David Clark are throwing their weight
behind Dunedin’s three intermediate schools which, between
them, face losing nine technology teaching jobs under the
Government’s plans to increase class sizes.
Government announced as part of last week’s budget that
technology staff numbers will now be incorporated into the
schools teacher-student ratios.
alter the way specialist staff, including technology
teachers, are funded at intermediate schools. In Dunedin
that will affect 1200 Year 7 and 8 students,” Dunedin
South MP Clare Curran said.
“In order to keep the
technology teachers, the schools would have to increase
class sizes to 40 which is simply unacceptable,”
“While the Government is patting itself on the
back at getting schools to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband,
it is taking away the core part of the curriculum that
prepares students for the high-tech jobs of the
“Doing away with this part of the
curriculum will affect up to 880 jobs of technology teachers
throughout New Zealand. It is a hugely important subject
that is being taught at a critical time in our children’s
lives,” Clare Curran said.
Dunedin North Labour
MP David Clark said the schools had not be consulted and had
no warning of the cuts.
“Some schools will have
no choice but to cancel technology classes altogether. If
the National Government goes through with this decision and
Dunedin loses their technology teachers, it would be very
difficult to reverse.
“The National Government
must take heed of what the sector is saying about the effect
these cuts will have. Children are our future, and it would
be a crisis to see the demise of technology teaching in our
intermediate schools,” David Clark
“Labour opposes the move to bigger
classes,” said Clare Curran. “We are calling on the
Government to cancel the working group it has set up and its
policy to increase class