A crippling workload and stress have caused one Tauranga teacher to ditch New Zealand for better working conditions overseas.

Aquinas College head of maths Evelyn Knights is jumping ship at the end of the term to reap the benefits of a teaching job in Turkey.

The teacher of 27 years said the current state of the teaching system had totally "worn her down" and she had got to the point where her "comfort zone was no longer comfortable".

Knights said she suffered fatigue and stress and the day-to-day workload was getting too hard.

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For some time, her family was surviving

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