Some will be worrying that there will be no school to even return to, not least of all those in Christchurch who are facing mergers and closures, and the wonderful special needs staff at Salisbury School who are still fighting valiantly to keep their residential school open.
People all over the country will be writing submissions to parliament to prevent these closures. Parents who are worried for their children, teachers, principals and teacher aides whoa re concerned for their students. Kiwis concerned for their communities.
Anyone who has been following the rise of charter schools (or partnership Schools as they have been re-branded here) will be reading the Education Amendment Bill and making submissions about that, too, concerned for the devaluation of our education system by putting profits before people.
Many school staff will be worrying that they won’t be paid and that their break will be ruined by money worries and fighting bureaucracy. It’s bad enough being paid wrongly (or not at all) in term time, but school staff know that they will have real trouble getting pay woes sorted curing the break when school administration staff are on their holidays. That means stressed and worried teachers, teacher aides, caretakers, admin staff, and more, all at the one time of year when a rest is paramount to fire up for another big year.
Fast-Track Teacher Training
We will return to the first batch of teachers trained on a six-week intensive course, arriving in the classroom to learn on-the-job with the bare minimum in pedagogical knowledge and less still in classroom experience. We will be watching and waiting to see how that pans out for the trainees, the mentors and the students.
And as always at this time of year, many are worrying about finding a job because they were on short term contracts. Some will leave the profession – others will take their skills overseas.
And the rest…
Add to that league tables, National Standards, class sizes, performance pay, property searches, hungry students… the list goes on.
Yes,t his summer, teachers will be doing more than eating pavlova on the beach, planning and setting up their classrooms.
They will be worrying about the future of public education in New Zealand
and hoping that it’s not too late to stop the rot.