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Government continues bid to remove political independence of teachers – NZEI

stressThe government has ignored the overwhelming concerns of New Zealanders in its bid to quash the political independence of the teaching profession.

The Education Amendment Bill has been reported back to the House with a recommendation that it be passed.

The legislation will makes it easier for unqualified and unregistered people to act as teachers in charter schools as well as removing the right of teachers to directly elect their own professional body.

“The government has completely disregarded the overwhelming number of submissions which called on it to allow the new teacher representative body to remain professionally rather than politically driven,” says NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter.

“Instead, once the legislation is passed, the Minister will handpick representatives for the new EDUCANZ body being set up to replace the Teachers’ Council.

“What other professional body has their representatives chosen by the Minister of the day rather than electing their own representatives?”

“This legislation is about ideology and undermining the teaching profession – not about addressing the needs of all New Zealand children and ensuring their right to quality public education.

“The government has also disregarded the views of New Zealanders who have made it clear they don’t want unqualified and unregistered people teaching in our schools.

“This is a major step backwards and will put the education of many children at risk.

“I am sure that New Zealanders will see how this legislation completely contradicts the government’s rhetoric about wanting to improve the quality of education.”

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2 thoughts on “Government continues bid to remove political independence of teachers – NZEI

  1. Paul, we should strike even if the govt says its illegal. We should do it after school or in the weekend. If we do it in school time, they’d have to lock us, 52,000 teachers plus the whanau in jail. That would be awesome just before the elections wouldn’t it. I would do it. So would my whanau. If all teachers had 10 whanau and friends, the number in protest mode would be 520000. That’s the political clout that we need. All these people would not be voting the govts way so there would be a whole lot of media coverage. We have to do something now.


    Posted by Kararaina Dobie | July 16, 2014, 8:24 am


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