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Teacher training moratorium to be lifted

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017
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New teacher education programmes will be allowed from next year after the government agreed to lift a moratorium that's been in place for almost two decades.

In 2000 teacher education programmes were frozen in an attempt to control the quantity and quality of training courses.

Quality assurances is now in place according to Education Minister Nikki Kaye, who announced on Wednesday that the moratorium would be lifted from January 1 next year.

File Photo: Nikki Kaye, New Zealand's minister of civil defence, speaks at a conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, May 21, 2014. © Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg File Photo: Nikki Kaye, New Zealand's minister of civil defence, speaks at a conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, May 21, 2014.

"We are open once again to applications of good quality from innovative providers," she said.

In a speech at Onehunga High School she also announced $5.2 million to fund 90 extra places in Teach First NZ programmes over four years and $2m to create a mentoring programme to provide up to 700 provisionally certified teachers with full registration.

That was recommended by the Joint Working Group on Secondary Teacher Supply last year.

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