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Teacher Training Overhaul Long Overdue


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18 February 2003

Teacher Training Overhaul Long Overdue Says New Zealand First


“Criticisms by principals of the skills of some teacher training graduates come as no surprise,” says New Zealand First education spokesperson, Brian Donnelly.

“With the diversification of the types of courses offered by our schools, the diversification of teacher education providers and the diversification of those empowered to recognise whether the necessary skill set for graduates is existent, we no longer have the guarantees of quality which the system demands.

“The New Zealand First-National coalition government set in train a process to overhaul the system. Unfortunately the work was put on the backburner by the government that followed.

“Now is the time to resurrect that policy work,” said Mr Donnelly.


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