Nats offer bonding for teachers

The National Party will offer voluntary bonding to teachers in hard to staff areas and subjects and will commit $19 million to this initiative.

The party has already offered similar assistance to health professionals and vets.

Bonding graduates in areas and disciplines where there are shortages is much better use of tax payers’ money than untargetted assistance for under graduates who may not complete their training and if they do may not stay to work in New Zealand.

The rest of National’s schools’ policy is here.

It includes a commitment to $2 billion of new spending on education over the next four years. This has already been allowed for in the party’s fiscal plan so will not add to projected deficits.

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