USP announced yesterday that their education degrees have been listed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as being pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications. Only the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and South African share similar privileges.
Said USP director Rod Dixon: “this is a welcome development, and means that USP-qualified teachers who relocate to New Zealand will have their qualifications automatically recognised and their salaries set at the appropriate professional level.”
New Zealand is suffering from a major shortage of high quality teachers, especially in low decile schools. Many schools are struggling to fill vacancies, some classrooms have no teachers, and a growing number of people appear to be leaving the profession. The new recognition of USP qualifications aims to help to alleviate some of the pressure.
USP has international accreditations from 26 different authorities and is formally recognised by 10 international agencies and professional bodies. In April, the university will be visited by the US-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a higher education accreditation agency. USP hopes to obtain accreditation for the USP in the US.
“This should give students increased confidence in the quality and overseas recognition of USP qualifications” said Dixon.