29 Feb 2012

Teaching job cuts irk French Polynesian minister

11:52 am on 29 February 2012

French Polynesia's education minister has called for an urgent meeting with French officials to soften the impact of teaching job cuts.

Tauhiti Nena's call comes a week after Paris announced that as part of cuts to the education budget, 177 teaching positions will be disestablished in French Polynesia once the new school year starts in September.

Mr Nena wants to engage the top level committee dealing with contentious matters, which is co-chaired by the French high commissioner and the French Polynesian president.

According to press reports, Mr Nena expected no more than 100 jobs to be lost in the restructure.

There has been tension between Mr Nena and French officials because France wants to send some French Polynesian teachers to French schools in line with the prerogative of Paris to allocate posts to teachers on its payroll.