Teachers held in high regard

New Zealand’s teachers and primary schools continue to enjoy very high levels of confidence and respect, according to UMR Research’s latest Mood of the Nation survey.

Public confidence in primary schools increased by 4 per cent in 2015, with 69 per cent of those surveyed expressing a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence. Only general practitioners (GPs) rated higher amongst institutions, on 70 per cent.

Teachers came fourth in the occupational respect ratings, with 7.97 points on a scale of 0-10. Nurses, doctors and the police took the top three places.

New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa president Louise Green said New Zealand’s teachers were dedicated to ensuring every child reached their potential.

“Schools are the centre of their communities and it’s not surprising that New Zealanders value and trust the educators teaching their children. Teachers do a fantastic job, despite increasing challenges and limited resources,” she said.


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