Wakatipu teachers join national strike

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Wakatipu High teachers say their strike isn’t just about money – it’s also about quality of education. 

The school’s teachers joined thousands of others across the country yesterday to fight a Government proposal to remove a cap on class sizes and scrap essential non-contact hours used by teachers to plan classes. 

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association is also asking for a four per cent pay boost – consistent with a 2003 long-term plan to attract and retain top graduates as “specialist” teachers, Wakatipu High PPTA member Abbey Duncan says. 

“Although there’s been an emphasis from the media on pay increases, the Government’s current proposal … affects the time we as teachers have to plan and prepare quality lessons that allow us to meet the individual learning needs of our students,” Duncan says. 

No local picket action took place while Wakatipu High’s 795 students had yesterday off. 

“We hope the community will recognise that the strike action regarding pay and conditions is intended to ultimately benefit our students and our school community.”