Migrant teachers are getting stuck in New Zealand red tape and migration rules are creating hindrances to address the scarcity of teachers, said Mike Williams. He is the President of Secondary Principals Association in New Zealand. The list for immigration does not have Teaching as a priority, added Williams.
Mike Williams said that the association had an elaborate discussion with the former government regarding this issue. The issue of migrant teachers getting stuck in red tape is yet to be discussed with the new government. Nevertheless, a task force of the Education Ministry is working on it and is well aware of it, added Williams, as quoted by the NZ Herald Co NZ.
Williams said that the existing immigration rules offer additional points to migrants who settle outside Auckland. This is in spite of the fact that Auckland had a worse shortage of teachers, added the President of the Secondary Principals Association.
Jack Boyle the President of Post Primary Teachers Association said that teachers must be added to the priority list for immigration. There is an evident scarcity of teachers and still, they are not prioritized for immigration he added. Owing to the shortage of teachers, the teaching profession must be given priority for immigration, added Boyle.
Marcelle Foley the Immigration New Zealand Area Manager said that lists for skill shortages are revised annually. The review for 2018 will commence in April, she added. This process will invite industry representatives for nominating occupations to be added in the review, said Foley.
Immigration New Zealand considers each and every application for a visa based on its individual merits. This is in the background of immigration rules that are applicable to the individual visa category, added the Area Manager.
Majority of the information needed in a visa application for teachers is based on decisions from external agencies. One such example is the assessment of qualifications, said Foley.
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