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

NewsClick | May 29, 2019

50,000 Teachers Take Part in New Zealand’s Largest Education Strike
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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Introduction notes that the CSU has been offering online classes since the 1990s and currently has over 60 online degree programs. Three resolutions drafted by the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) since 2008 are cited, as are presentations on online learning in 2009 and 2010 and handouts developed by the Technology Steering Committee (TSC) and the Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC). Content of the following six sections of the paper is also briefly discussed.

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Introduction notes that the CSU has been offering online classes since the 1990s and currently has over 60 online degree programs. Three resolutions drafted by the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) since 2008 are cited, as are presentations on online learning in 2009 and 2010 and handouts developed by the Technology Steering Committee (TSC) and the Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC). Content of the following six sections of the paper is also briefly discussed.

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