Primaries negotiate deal;Salaries;Briefing;International

19th February 1999 at 00:00
New Zealand. The New Zealand government introduced a form of performance pay for its primary teachers following a negotiated settlement last year.

Under the agreement, progress up the basic salary scale for primary teachers depends on how they match up professional standards. They are appraised annually by their principal.

The teachers agreed to the proposal because it meant salary parity with their secondary colleagues. The education ministry has promulgated the professional standards to all schools and these remain in force for the term of the employment contract, which expires in April 2000.

But secondary teachers have bitterly opposed introduction of similar performance-based pay increments and negotiations over the issue have now been going for more than a year.

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