Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Government moves to establish Education Council

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the establishment process and funding for a new Education Council to be operating by the middle of next year.

This year's Budget will include $400,000 extra funding over the next four years to run the education council.

A working group to develop the detail of the council met for the first time this morning. Its role is to produce a paper within the next few weeks for a public and sector consultation process.

The result of that process would be included in legislation to be introduced to Parliament before the end of the year and passed next year.

"The Council will be an expansion of the Teacher Registration Board and will help the Government in its objectives to lift standards in education," Trevor Mallard said.

"As well as the responsibily for registering teachers, the council will have a much greater role in setting standards for registration, including looking at pre-service education and training, and ongoing professional development within the sector. It will cover both the compulsory and early childhood education sectors.

"A professional body for teachers islong overdue. It has the potential to improve the quality in our schools and early childhood centres through promoting best practice and high quality standards in teaching.

"The Council will also have responsibility for administering the Government's policy of ensuring that all people who regularly work in schools and early childhood centres are subject to the police and character checks that are part of teacher registration. This is an important issue for children's safety," Trevor Mallard said.


Contact: Moerangi Vercoe (Press Secretary) 04 471 9080 or 025 270 9191

Members of the Education Council working group which met for the first time today are:


Bryan Hennessey (Chair)

Owen Edgerton & Eric Woodward from the School Trustees Association

Graeme Macann, Marita Laurenson & Bronwyn Cross from the PPTA

Clare Wells, Liz Patara & Karl Arnesen from the NZEI

Professor Anne Smith from Children's Issues Centre, Otago University, as early childhood education representative

Pem Bird, Diane Pomare & Frances Ruawai-Hamilton from Te Runanga Nui o Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election