What does the issue of sick leave mean for you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?

As a teacher and parent of 3 children, I have had no sick leave left for the past 10 years, having to take leave without pay or just turn up if I am sick myself. Many times there is no reliever available.

What will it take to fix sick leave for kindergarten teachers?

We need more sick leave available, especially as we mostly contract illness from the tamariki we teach. 10 days is just not enough, especially in a COVID environment.

When we fix sick leave, what impact will that change have on you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?

More sick leave will mean healthy teachers able to put all their energy into teaching the tamariki, not worrying about having to turn up sick because you need to pay the mortgage and have no sick leave left.

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