50,000 Teachers Take Part in New Zealand’s Largest Education Strike

NewsClick | May 29, 2019

As many as 50,000 teachers across New Zealand went on strike on May 29 to demand a pay hike and better working conditions. Members of education unions NZEI Te Riu Roa, which represents primary school teachers, and the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), which represents secondary school teachers, voted to jointly call the strike when negotiations with the Ministry of Education reached a deadlock earlier this month. This will be the largest teachers’ strike the country has ever seen.The teachers are demanding a pay increase of up to 15-16%. Apart from increased wages, they are also seeking reduced workload, and more classroom resources. The teachers are also calling on the government to devise long-term solutions to address increasing underemployment in the teaching sector. The average wage for primary school teachers is about USD 47,980 a year, which equates to about USD 23 an hour (USD 5.30 above the minimum wage).

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In an ATD survey conducted for its 2014 research report, Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning, 71% of organizations reported that they prefer to develop serious games in-house. 83% said they planned to develop gamification in-house. I’d say that’s a confident group!In the same survey, only 20% of organizations were already using serious games for learning, while 25% were using gamification. That means most organizations have never used games for learning before and plan to do it without help from a vendor.

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In an ATD survey conducted for its 2014 research report, Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning, 71% of organizations reported that they prefer to develop serious games in-house. 83% said they planned to develop gamification in-house. I’d say that’s a confident group!In the same survey, only 20% of organizations were already using serious games for learning, while 25% were using gamification. That means most organizations have never used games for learning before and plan to do it without help from a vendor.

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Keysight Technologies, Inc | July 15, 2022

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