Radical changes proposed for Teacher’s Council

May 21st, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

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
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22 Responses to “Radical changes proposed for Teacher’s Council”

  1. Harriet (4,495 comments) says:

    Anything that helps restrain the propaganda union and it’s arms, will be good for the nation – forever! :cool:

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  2. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Dear god this is another step to marginalise teachers and will result in the children suffering.

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  3. Harriet (4,495 comments) says:

    “…..A webcomic of….sarcasm, math, and language….”

    OK. I take it that you are being sarcastic then expat! :cool:

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  4. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    “Proposal that Minister appoint all members”

    If the council is just going to be a rubber stamp for the minister with no independence at all then why bother having a teachers council at all….. ….Oh…. ….I see what they did there.

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  5. nasska (10,606 comments) says:

    The comrades of the staffroom will be apoplectic….they’ll spend the rest of the week brainwashing their poorly educated charges into joining them on another street march.

    That’ll show the nasty government who’s really in control of education in NZ.

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  6. berend (1,630 comments) says:

    Why do we even have a Teacher’s Council? But it would be too much to expect from National to abolish even the tiniest bit of central planning.

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  7. Mobile Michael (410 comments) says:

    Was that satire? Mind you, with the Teachers Council, anything is possible!

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  8. itstricky (1,529 comments) says:

    Most of these seem agreeable. The last one not, on the face of the summary above. An attempt to circumnavigate teacher qualification and certification in order to, presumably, support charter schools. Just can not understand why that could ever be a good idea.

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  9. Matt (223 comments) says:

    Letting people teach without having to go through an extra year of commie brainwashing can only be a good thing

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  10. Psycho Milt (2,246 comments) says:

    Yessir, nothing says good governance like scrapping elected representatives and replacing them with government appointees! That approach to good governance really is becoming a hallmark of the Key administration – no doubt it will be used as an object lesson by future generations of political science students.

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  11. Psycho Milt (2,246 comments) says:

    Allow the Council to authorise people who are not teachers to have “Authority to Educate”…

    Again, just like doctors? You seem to have left that bit out…

    [DPF: One does not need a four year degree to be able to help in a classroom.]

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  12. Judith (7,460 comments) says:

    Psycho Milt (1,346) Says:
    May 21st, 2013 at 8:48 am
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    I guess there is the argument that we could just let anyone do anything – without certification – it would certainly solve the Student loan dilemma – might even solve the housing issue as well.

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  13. Manolo (13,312 comments) says:

    berend poses a very good question: why do we have a Teacher’s Council?
    What purpose does it serve?

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  14. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Scrap it and put Susan Devoy in charge.

    Hell, if she can play squash at a high level she’s more than qualified to do everything, all at once.

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  15. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    I am sure that with a quality Minister like the current one all new appointees to the Council will be of a high quality and cronyism will not exist.

    Recent examples of cronyism: Hekia Parata’s husband appointed to the Families Commission; Hekia Parata’s sister given a promotion to Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Education; Hekia Parata’s cousin appointed to run a new school in Christchurch (Te Pa) while requiring two existing Maori schools to merge as one; Hekia Parata’s niece appointed as a secretary in her Beehive office.

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  16. All_on_Red (1,332 comments) says:

    Excellent. Lets get these changes put through and then, about May next year, have National appoint all the Board members on unbreakable contracts for four years….

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  17. Paulus (2,490 comments) says:

    Over their dead bodies – one Union – nah cannot divide and rule.
    Won’t happen or will be scrapped as soon as Wussel takes over.

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  18. rouppe (913 comments) says:

    I remember at school having woodwork class. I’m pretty darn sure woodwork teacher was an ex cabinetmaker or builder, and not a registered teacher. Not sure, mind you, cause I was only 12 or 13 so didn’t really take notice of such things, but this teacher did nothing other than woodwork class.

    Same with the PE teacher. I know he was ex-Navy and he did nothing but PE classes. I doubt he was registered either.

    Did this really threaten my education? I think my salary would suggest otherwise…

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  19. OlderChas (22 comments) says:

    Still waiting for someone to answer Berend! What the hell DO they do?

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  20. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Recent examples of cronyism: Hekia Parata’s husband appointed to the Families Commission; Hekia Parata’s sister given a promotion to Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Education; Hekia Parata’s cousin appointed to run a new school in Christchurch (Te Pa) while requiring two existing Maori schools to merge as one; Hekia Parata’s niece appointed as a secretary in her Beehive office.

    I guess we should be grateful that Hekia doesn’t have a bigger whanau. There wouldn’t be jobs for anyone else.

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  21. Rightandleft (627 comments) says:

    I don’t think it’s really fair that they’ve complained we pay the lowest fees for registration of the professions they listed. We are in fact the lowest paid of all those professions. Lawyers and doctors are capable of earning much higher wages, so their registration fees reflect that. If they significantly increase the fees and the level of work required to remain licensed they should have to increase the pay teachers get as well. If they want a more professional force they need to pay for it. Otherwise they are asking for us to accept an effective pay cut tied to increased wotrkload and that will not go over well with union or non-union teachers.

    The authority to educate provision is really the most concerning element of this to me. I’m not saying teacher training is perfect as it is, but the solution isn’t to make registration much harder for some of us while letting others skip the whole process.

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  22. newtownlad (5 comments) says:

    Small technical point – the Minister does appoint all members of the Medical Council (currently 12), but four of those members must be doctors elected by the profession.

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