| Latest Political News | Thursday May 17 2012 6:12
Academics are welcoming the Government's requirement for new teachers to hold post-graduate qualifications.
It's one of a range of reforms announced by Education Minister Hekia Parata.
Pro vice-chancellor of Massey University's College of Education Professor James Chapman says there's be lasting benefits for the sector.
"We think it's a very, very good thing for the status of teaching in New Zealand, and potentially for the quality of teachers that it eventually would impact on kids' learning outcomes."
Mr Chapman says a number of countries have post graduate study as a requirement for teachers.
He says postgraduate study will create better teachers.
"Teachers fully understand not only how they teach, why they teach, they understand the learning processes of children, and they know that these are grounded, properly grounding in research."
Mr Chapman says the process works overseas, and it's time New Zealand had it too.
Among the changes announced, the sector will see larger student-teacher ratios for year two to 10 classes.
Massey University Professor of Teacher Education John O'Neill, says increasing class sizes will make things worse for the priority groups the Government wants to help the most.
"So it's the kids who have trouble concentrating, it's the kids who have more trouble interacting with their peers, it's the kids who are already not achieving at the same rate."
Mr O'Neill says student-teacher ratios in New Zealand are already higher than the OECD average.
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