24 Jan 2014

Support for education plan

7:34 pm on 24 January 2014

The principle of a west Auckland Maori language immersion school supports the Government's plan to create highly paid jobs for the best-performing teachers and principals.

The Government plans to appoint up to 20 high-paid change principals to turn around struggling schools.

As an incentive, it will be pay them up to $50,000 extra on top of their teacher salaries.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi Marae tumuaki Rawiri Wright says it is the most innovative project within the education system for 30 years - apart from the advent of kura kaupapa in the mid 1980s.

Government's new plan helps create a career path which he says up until now has been non-existent, Mr Wright says.

The new teacher and principal positions will help give clarity and add a sense of purpose to what teachers are doing, he says.

As well, the financial incentives will encourage teachers and principles to work harder to ensure tamariki get a better education.