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Charter School Children Put at Risk

Unqualified charter school teachers will be exempted from a strict code of conduct for other teachers, and will not be subject to any oversight by the new Education Council, highlighting a dangerous double standard in the Governments’ flagship partnership schools, the Green Party said today.

The new Education Amendment Bill explicitly excludes unqualified partnership school teachers from any oversight and checks by the new Education Council, exposing pupils at the schools to a much lower standard of teaching and care than at other schools.

protecting_handsUnder the Bill, untrained partnership school teachers are not required to meet the standards in the code of conduct for all other teachers, nor are they required to notify the council of any criminal convictions within three months, as other teachers are.

“The changes in this bill will create a lower standard of education and care for the kids who end up enrolled at partnership schools and puts those kids at much greater risk,” Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.

“Kids who attend these schools will not only be subjected to unqualified teachers but those teachers will be held to much lower standards than their
qualified colleagues. That is unacceptable.

“In addition, the parents of partnership school students, and other teachers, will have no oversight body to complain to if they have any concerns about any unqualified teachers.

“Underprivileged kids targeted by these schools should be given the best quality teaching in the safest possible environment. But this Government wants an even lower standard of care for these kids than we previously thought.

“Parents of partnership school students have already been excluded from representation on their school board. They should be very concerned about the latest efforts to remove their ability to have any say in their kids’ education.

“Police vetting alone is not considered good enough for pupils taught by other teachers, who will be expected to abide by the code of conduct and meet regular competence and safety checks.

“If the National Government thinks the Education Council is the appropriate body to ensure that teachers are meeting the grade, it should make all teachers accountable for meeting those standards.

“The Green Party also has concerns about other aspects of the Bill, including the corporatisation of tertiary councils. We share teachers’ concern that the Education Council, be for teachers by teachers, which is not clearly a goal of this Bill, Ms Delahunty said.

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3 thoughts on “Charter School Children Put at Risk

  1. In general I agree Charter Schools are a disaster. They just don’t offer better outcomes, (except perhaps for private companies bank accounts).
    You’re wrong on the point of unqualified teachers though -40% of state primary schools use unqualified teachers for up to one week per year for Religious Instruction (Bible in Schools). State teachers are not required to be in room or supervise.
    Despite hundred of parent complaints, I’ve never heard a teacher complain. Never seen the NZEI complain. Clearly untrained teachers aren’t a problem when it suits, is this fear unjustified?

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    Posted by Jeff McClintock | March 12, 2014, 6:47 pm
    • I’m not getting into the religion inschools debate here (not that it doesn’t need debating, but it separate). What I will say is that I know a few teachers who have complained and I know many who stay in the room so that they know what’s going on. Another point is that a small instruction is not the same as being full-time in charge of a class and their entire school-based learning. An expert coming in for a short time in any field is, to my mind, fine if it is within the planning and oversight of the teacher/team/school. Having an untrained classroom teacher all year round responsible for reading, maths, health, science, and all the rest of it in another matter entirely.

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      Posted by Dianne - SaveOurSchoolsNZ | March 12, 2014, 7:56 pm

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