ACT announces better pay for the best teachers
Good teachers help children grow, develop, and reach their full potential which is vital to their future success.
Unfortunately, because of union contracts, teachers hit maximum pay after ten years, schools can’t reward successful teachers, and teaching is not regarded as a strong career choice for our brightest graduates.
Right now the best teacher earns the same as the worst teacher. Graduates are deserting Auckland schools or deserting teaching altogether. Teachers can only earn more by taking on administrative work, and spending less time actually teaching kids.
ACT says this is crazy. We want the best teachers in the classroom, and we want them to stay in the profession.
With the current government surplus at $3.7 billion, ACT will give principals $1 billion to pay good teachers more, without cutting government services or raising taxes. But the schools will only be eligible for this funding if they abandon union contracts. This means principals will have the flexibility to reward great teachers, and get rid of the bad ones.
ACT’s Good Teacher grants will boost teachers’ pay by over $17,000 on average, and elevate teaching as a profession, to attract the best graduates to teach our children and keep the most capable teachers in the classroom.