Parliament

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

 

Teachers to be given a stronger voice with passing of Bill

Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister of Education


Teachers to be given a stronger voice with passing of Bill

The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading today, restoring the voice of teachers on their own professional body, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

“This is a huge step forward for teachers. It reverses the previous National Government’s decision to remove elected teachers from the Council, which undermined the profession, Chris Hipkins said.

“I originally introduced this Bill as a member’s bill because I, and members who now form the Government, believed the teaching profession could be trusted to elect representatives on their own professional organisation.

“It is only fair that teachers have their right of direct representation and election restored. It is disappointing that National have voted against this.

“However this Government recognises the importance of giving teachers the right to elect representatives to their own professional body, just like countless other professions.

The number of council members will be increased from nine to 13 – with seven members to be directly elected by the teaching profession and six members appointed by the Minister of Education. The new Council membership will be in place within a year.

“The name of the Council will also change to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which better reflects the work of teachers, and the core business of the Council.

A number of amendments are made to ensure a smooth transition from the Education Council to the Teaching Council and to provide for ongoing arrangements for the Teaching Council.

“The changes implemented by the Bill are a part of the Government’s work to lift the status of the teaching profession,” Chris Hipkins said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Election Announced: Set For September 19

The 2020 General Election will be held on Saturday 19 September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the Government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long term challenges facing New Zealand,” Jacinda Ardern said. “We are running an established and effective MMP Government, and overseeing a strong economy with low unemployment and growth rates the envy of other countries like Australia and the UK while making critical investments in health, education and reducing child poverty. More>>


 

Gordon Campbell: On The Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus – its official World Health Organisation designation is 2019-nCoV – is believed to have originated as a seafood-to-human transfer, with ground zero for the transfer believed to have been a fish market in Wuhan, China. More>>

ALSO:


WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>

ALSO:

Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>

ALSO:

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels