Teachers' union discusses quake impact

5:32 pm on 2 July 2011

The union representing secondary school teachers has met the Ministry of Education to discuss how the earthquake and the residential red-zoning will affect schools and teachers' jobs.

Enrolments in the eastern suburbs of the city that have been worst-affected by seismic activity have dropped significantly and, as a result, teachers in those school face redundancies at the end of the year.

Chairperson of the Canterbury Post-Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) Jacinta Grice says the Ministry has guaranteed staffing levels for this year but it cannot provide that level of certainty for 2012.

Ms Grice says she has been told to expect redundancies but says the PPTA is working with the Ministry to retain as many teachers as possible.