Politicians to spend a day as teacher aides


A handful of MPs are stepping into the shoes of teacher aides to get an understanding of the struggles they face.

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) has organised the initiative for Monday - the first day of term two.

Labour leader Andrew Little and Green MP Catherine Delahunty are two of the politicians taking part.

"The action tomorrow is about our MPs really having an understanding of what the role of support staff is," NZEI president Lynda Stuart told Newshub.

She said it is part of the group's campaign for better pay and working conditions in the sector.

School support staff are essential to run schools and help students to reach their potential, she says, yet they're often paid little more than minimum wage. 

The politicians will be presented with a petition calling for better funding for schools during their visit.