WELLINGTON, Dec 13 - Education minister Chris Hipkins says principals have been trying for months to plug a teacher shortage, which his package, announced on Wednesday, would help address.

It includes extending the Voluntary Bonding Scheme to new teachers starting in Auckland's decile two and three schools and for all new maths, science, technology, and Te Reo Maori teachers around the country.

The Auckland Beginner Teacher Project, bringing new teachers to permanent or fixed time jobs at Auckland primary schools, will also be expanded.

It will also be made easier for teachers from the UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and Fiji to work in New Zealand.

Mr Hipkins says it's the first stage of a more comprehensive plan to come.

It comes a day after he revealed the end of National Standards.

The Post Primary Teachers' Association says the six initiatives in the package will make a difference in the short term but that the government should prioritise 41 recommendations from this year's secondary teacher supply working group report for long-term change.

 

AAP