Documents warn of significant risk to learning
Newly released official documents provide a strongly worded warning about the damage Covid-19 has done to the school system.
The Cabinet paper and Education Ministry briefing papers explain the urgent need for a $43 million package announced in September to recruit more teachers and provide catch-up learning for thousands of teenagers.
The documents said there was a small window of opportunity to head off significant ill-effects to both student achievement and the supply of teachers.
"The impacts of Covid-19 on the education system are significant and ongoing," a September Cabinet paper said.
"Significant risks exist if we fail to act. Many learners are likely to experience poor academic outcomes, particularly those in their final years of schooling. This would also risk teacher supply issues worsening, which could lead to further disruption in access to quality in-person education."
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