The Government’s review of the Teacher’s Council has released a draft proposal which represents radical change for the much criticised Council. The Council was found to be not be effective in its current structure and operations. Some key aspects:
- Current membership is four appointed by Minister, two by unions, one by NZ School Trustees and four elected by teachers.
- Proposal that Minister appoint all members, based on open nomination process – as with the Medical Council
- Separate out registration of teachers with a more regular practising certificate (again like Doctors)
- Allow the Council to authorise people who are not teachers to have “Authority to Educate” if they have proven expertise or disposition deemed important for student learning