New Zealanders are generally confident and happy with their teachers and schools, confirms the annual Mood of the Nation Review.
Teachers came 4th in the occupational respect ratings,with doctors, nurses and the police in the top 3 spots.
NZEI report that “[p]ublic confidence in primary schools increased by 4 percent in 2015, with 69 percent of those surveyed expressing a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence.” Only GPs topped that rating.
This is excellent, and shows again that Kiwis feel teachers and schools are doing a great job.
However, it’s not all good news:
Asked to look ahead 10 years, New Zealanders were not as positive as in 2014…
The biggest fall was for education which had been trending upwards. The number expecting education to improve over a ten year time frame fell from 43% to 35%.
People are concerned that education is going to go downhill. They are not confident that the policies in place are moving education in the right direction. Why not, I wonder.
It might pay for academics, teachers unions and the Education Ministry to investigate this further and find out what is concerning parents.
Right now, we have people’s confidence – together we must ensure we keep it.