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

 


Voice of profession ignored – PPTA

Voice of profession ignored – PPTA


The government is clearly determined to pay only lip service to the hundreds of secondary teachers who gave the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) a resounding “no” through written and oral submissions.

In the Education and Science Select Committee report back to parliament, there are only minimal changes to the bill, which threatens to undermine the teaching profession and places students at risk.

While the committee’s recommendations were passed “by majority” they were not unanimous, with reports from a number of members reflecting this, PPTA president Angela Roberts said

“The committee was clearly strongly divided,” she said.

The bill dismantles the New Zealand Teachers Council and replaces it with a new body – the Educational Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ).

One of the biggest risks of the new body was the danger in which it placed students by threatening the council’s core functions, Roberts said.

EDUCANZ has a range of overly ambitious functions that stray into territory outside the domain of a registration body, she said.

“The real risk is the loss of the council’s basic functions as it becomes subject to a political agenda,” she said.

“Teachers, parents, students and the wider community want a registration body that focuses on ensuring only those teachers who are competent and safe among young people are able to enter or remain in the teaching profession. Loading the council with all these other functions threatens that.”

A major concern among teachers who submitted on the bill was the fact there would be no elected teacher voice on the council as all members would be appointed by the minister of education, Roberts said.

“The government has attempted to throw teachers a bone by changing the teacher membership of the council from ‘a maximum of five registered teachers’ to ‘at least five registered and currently practising teachers’ – but those teachers will still be appointed by the minister. There is no guarantee they will be people the profession would choose to represent them.”

The name EDUCANZ also reflected distain for the profession.

“This name would make it unique among teacher registration bodies across the world in not mentioning ‘teachers’ or ‘teaching’ in its title,” Roberts said.

The amended bill did not meet teachers’ bottom lines for a council that will represent them, she said.

“There are no elections, no union nominees and practising teachers will be a bare majority appointed by the minister.”

Roberts encouraged teachers to strengthen their existing body by voting in the upcoming New Zealand Teachers Council elections.

“The committee has ignored us so we need to fight for our voice by using the existing channel,” she said.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality.

To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.

National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news