About 29,000 teachers and principals went on strike yesterday, forcing the closure of most of the country’s primary and intermediate schools.
Teachers who are members of the NZEI union had organised rallies in all the main centres and many regional towns.
NZEI lead negotiator Louise Green said the education system was at “a crisis point” and the union hoped to send very strong message to government that it was time to put money into solving the problem.
She said there were 40 percent less people entering the profession now than in 2010.
Ms Green said conditions need to change and was not ruling out another strike by teachers if they had to.
What do teachers want?
- A 16 percent pay rise over two years
- Special education co-ordinators in every school
- Smaller class sizes.