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Primary and intermediate principals accept Government's pay offer

Primary and intermediate principals have decided to accept the latest pay offer from the Government, they revealed this morning.

The new agreement includes pay parity with secondary school principals, pay rises for three years and a higher pay scale for those at the country's smallest schools.

The Ministry of Education's offer came days before a meeting among the nation's principals to vote on continued strike action against the agency.

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Langholm Primary School principal Martyn Weatherill says teachers are satisfied with their settlement, but principals are still not. Source: Breakfast

Primary and intermediate school principals began voting on a possible settlement last week.

Negotiations had previously been abandoned by school leaders, who felt their well-being concerns weren't being addressed.

In a statement released today, union president Lynda Stuart praised the public for backing the cause.

"They understood the workload issues educators face, the difficulties around recruitment and retention, and the impact that has on students," she said. "They supported us all the way and it made a real difference to the outcome."

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The new agreement includes pay parity with their high school counterparts. Source: 1 NEWS