Teachers Council name suppression

August 16th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

complained to the Regulations Review Committee of Parliament that the rules put in place by the Teachers Council to apply blanket to all details of their disciplinary proceedings trespassed unduly on personal rights and liberties, appeared to make some unusual or unexpected use of the powers conferred by the statute under which it was made and contained matter more appropriate for parliamentary enactment. The Herald on Sunday joined his complaint.

The Committee has reported back and it is a partial victory, which pushes things in the right direction. They have resolved to recommend:

  • the New Zealand Teachers Council change rules 31, 32, and 33 to ensure the proceedings of the Teachers Council Disciplinary Tribunal are open to the public unless the Disciplinary Tribunal makes an order to the contrary 
  • the Government consider introducing amending legislation to specify, in the Education Act 1989, that the proceedings of the Teachers Council Disciplinary Tribunal are open to the public unless the Disciplinary Tribunal makes an order to the contrary on specified statutory grounds.

Their conclusions were that the rules of the Teachers Council:

  • are in accordance with the general objects and intentions of Part 10A of the Education Act 1989 (Standing Order ground 315(2)(a)); 
  • do not trespass unduly on personal rights and liberties (Standing Order ground 315(2)(b)); 
  • appear to make an unusual or unexpected use of the delegated power in section 139AJ of the Education Act 1989 (Standing Order ground 315(2)(c)); and 
  • may contain matter more appropriate for parliamentary enactment (Standing Order ground 315(2)(f)).

The two Labour MPs on the committee (Street and Dalziel) wanted to go further and find that the rules are not in accordance with the Act and do trespass on personal rights and liberties. Presumably they would have supported the Committee actually disallowing the rules, rather than just recommending they be changed.

The ball is now in the court of the Teachers Council to listen to Parliament and change their rules.

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4 Responses to “Teachers Council name suppression”

  1. laworder (288 comments) says:

    Well done Graeme Edgeler, good for you, that is an achievement to be proud of

    Regards
    Peter J
    see http://www.sensiblesentencing.org.nz

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  2. shoreboy57 (139 comments) says:

    Checked the TC’s website this afternoon and their realtime registration database. James Robertson Parker is still a registered teacher FFS

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  3. Ross12 (1,388 comments) says:

    Well done Graeme.

    It will be interesting to see what the Teachers Council do. Afterall they are the ones moaning about registered teachers in the Charter Schools debate so if they don’t react quickly then we know what their argument has been all about.

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  4. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    The sooner we get our new charter schools underway the better . . . time these unionised perverts masquerading as teachers were exposed, along with the left-wing politicians who support them. Let’s face it, Labour/Green MPs are controlled by the sexual weirdos of society; this being an extension of social engineering policies of “The Dyke” in the previous disgusting Labour regime.

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