Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


‘Forced Retraining’ Removes Parents’ Choice

Mallard's ‘Forced Retraining’ Removes Parents’ Choice

“When Minister Mallard flexes his muscles parental choice is doomed, and early childhood teachers tremble” says Libertarianz Leader Peter Cresswell of Mallard’s plan to force Head Teachers at Early Childhood Centres back to school.

In a move destined to fill the industry with uncertainty and see highly qualified staff leave for better jobs elsewhere, Minister Mallard has announced “forced re-training” of all “persons responsible“ for Early Childhood Centres who have not previously been indoctrinated by a NZ Teachers’ College – regardless of what qualifications they might already hold, or what positions they currently hold. This is likely to affect nearly two thirds of those currently employed in the industry.

This massive retrospective measure will force already qualified and experienced ECE teachers – but who don’t hold a current NZ Diploma of Teaching(ECE) - to fund themselves through at least another year’s full-time study to obtain this document. Many will not bother, and will simply leave the industry. Many teachers formerly planning to return to the industry, will undoubtedly now not bother. Many parents who have already rejected state education for their pre-schoolers, and are instead happily sending their children to Montessori and Steiner schools, will find that staff holding only these alternative qualifications will be taken away for “forced re-training” in a method of education they have already rejected. Many of these staff will not return, and parents will have no choice but to accept a lesser alternative.

“What does Mallard’s forced re-training scheme mean? For many existing ECE Teachers it means a career path barred by at least a year’s further full-time study; for many existing Head Teachers it will mean the end of their career; for parents it will mean a significant diminution of choice. And for the industry as a whole,” says Cresswell, “it will mean a rejection of its current (relative) diversity for the grey blandishments of conformity.”

“It must be fought,” he says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

False Electoral Return: John Banks Sentenced To Community Work, Curfew

“The conviction of John Banks today is another sad chapter for John Banks and the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood.

“Mr Banks was found guilty of electoral fraud in June. Regardless of what sentence is handed down, his reputation is in tatters. Sentencing is a matter for the court, and publicly deriding him further brings little benefit.”

“With the conviction confirmed, it is time for the ACT Party to step up to the mark and apologise to the people of Epsom. Mr Banks has suffered the consequences of his actions, but so far the ACT Party has gotten off scott-free” More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On The Rise Of ISIS And Labour

While global attention got distracted by the fate of MH17 and the atrocities in Gaza, the world’s other mega ‘bad news’ story – the rise of ISIS-led fundamentalism in Iraq – has reached a tipping point. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild: Christchurch City Council Releases Milestone Report

The Cameron Partners report says the Council may need to find an additional $783 million to $883 million by 2019... Options Cameron Partners proposed include increasing rates, borrowing more, maximising insurance payments, and freeing up capital from its commercial assets. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parliament Adjourns

The 50th Parliament has adjourned for the final time. After the completion of the adjournment debate, MPs left for the campaign trail with Parliament to be dissolved on August 14 ahead of the September 20 election. More>>

ALSO:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Will Raise Minimum Wage, Restore Work Rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news