A young teacher says he’d rather be in class teaching, but striking today is important for the future of the education system.
Carl Pynenburg, a teacher at Seatoun’s Worser Bay School, is one of tens of thousands of primary teachers who walked off the job today citing poor pay and working conditions as the reason for the strike.
“I think this has been growing for the past couple of years, and some of the issues we felt might be addressed really haven’t been,” he told RadioLIVE’s Mark Sainsbury.
Everything I do is for the kids that I teach.
“It’s just getting worse, and now it’s getting to the point where something needs to be done very soon to fix this problem."
Carl is adamant the strike isn’t just about money.
“I think the main focus, really, is about providing the best education for the kids of Aotearoa.
“I get up every morning, everything I do from the moment I get up ‘til the minute I walk home in the afternoon is for the kids that I teach and the kids in my community,” he said.
“It’s about them and their best outcomes.”
The Government has offered a pay rise ranging from a 6.1 percent increase for the top of the pay scale, which would bring the maximum teacher's salary to about $80,600, to a 14.7 percent increase to the entry salary, bringing it to $55,030.
But teachers have asked for a 16 percent increase over two years, alongside extra learning support and more time for teaching.
Listen to the full interviews with Carl Pynenburg above.
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