New Zealand Further Relaxes Teaching Requirements As Labour Crisis Deepens

It seems that New Zealand’s well-documented teaching shortage is showing no signs of abating with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority further relaxing the minimum requirements for overseas teachers. via @henrymacintosh

Normally, as part of the vetting process Irish primary and secondary school teachers were required to undertake an additional assessment, costing up to €500. However, a list of Irish third-level courses have now been listed as ‘exempt’ from having to complete this assessment. The full list of courses which can bypass this step are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons), DCU

  • Bachelor of Education (Hons), St. Patrick’s College

  • Bachelor(ette) of Education (Hons), Trinity College

  • Bachelor(ette) of Education (Hons), Marino College of Further Education

  • Bachelor of Education with a class of Honours, UL

  • Professional Master of Education, DCU

  • Professional Master of Education, UCC

  • Bachelor of Technology in Education, UL

Irish teaching graduates and extremely well thought of globally and this is the latest move by the New Zealand Government to entice and incentivise recent graduates to relocate, with huge shortages of teachers in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and throughout the country.

Past efforts to increase the supply of teachers have included a scheme to write off student debt for teaching undergrads from NZ and a huge recruitment drive across the UK and Ireland.

Some 85% of principals in 2017, have had to make compromises in relation to staffing shortages resulting in some teachers covering subjects outside of their qualified field.

Following the huge success of the programme in 2017, USIT’s Teach NZ Visa Programme will be open in 2018 enabling more Irish teachers to get their visa processing, flights and a job placement organised before they travel. For more information email us

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