Around 50,000 primary and secondary school teachers are ready to down their pens and take to the picket lines this month in protest at their pay and conditions. Teaching unions have locked horns with the Government amid claims teachers' workloads have become untenable and class sizes too large. Five teachers reveal their daily workload.

Riki Teteina, 48, has 27 years teaching experience under his belt. He is principal of Newton Central School, a decile 8 school in Auckland. He is among 50,000 teachers expected to walk out on strike next week in protest of their pay and conditions. A particular issue is the increasing work-load teachers have to juggle on top of their lessons. Here, Riki tells Herald education reporter Simon Collins about a typical day at school for him.

Riki Teteina, principal of Newton Central School in Auckland, gets up at 4.30am in order to answer the copious amount of emails he receives on a daily basis. Photo / Supplied
Riki Teteina, principal of Newton Central School in Auckland, gets up at 4.30am in order to answer the copious amount of emails he receives on a daily basis. Photo / Supplied

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019

4.30am:

Got up, worked on emails until 6.30am. Getting up at 4.30 is something I've had to put in place

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