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Education Amendment Bill (No.2)

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John-Paul Powley

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Transcript of Education Amendment Bill (No.2)

Amendment Bill

13 March, 2014
Hekia Parata mentions a few things in her speech:
The 2010 Education Workforce Advisory Group Report
The 2013 Ministerial Advisory Group Final Report
A 21st Century Body for the Education Profession
Review of the New Zealand Teachers Council
all can be Googled easily
In these two documents two other documents are referred to:

27. The New Zealand Teachers Council was established in 2002 to be a voice for
teachers, to promote teaching as a profession and to enhance the standing of
teachers in our communities. Our findings support a reasonably widespread
view that, notwithstanding good work that has been done over the past decade,
the Teachers Council has struggled to meet that challenge.

28. We found strong support for a new professional body that sits at arm’s length
from government. The name of the body should include a reference to ‘teach’
or ‘teaching’. It was generally accepted that the new body should have some
level of accountability to both the profession and to government.

29. The sector strongly endorsed the need for the governing board of the new body
to include a significant number of people with teaching experience.

Question 4: Skills, knowledge and experience required on the governing board

Recommendation 5:
That a governing board of nine or ten members is appointed, with at least six
needing to have teaching experience and at least two lay members to represent the
public interest in the education of children and young people.

Recommendation 6:
That the governing board reflects the partnership principle under the Treaty of

Recommendation 7:
That a clear process be developed for selecting some candidates through nomination
with all appointments made by the Minister of Education.

Recommendation 8:
That specific published criteria be identified, against which candidates would be
assessed, including teaching experience, knowledge of the sector, bi-cultural
perspective and governance experience.

83. In addition we concur with the Review Committee’s recommendation that
governance experience is vitally important for any new body.

84. A crucial decision for government, however, is whether the governing body
should represent the profession or be representative of the profession.

85. We acknowledge the importance of having teaching experience and knowledge
on the board as communicated to us by the sector and our recommendation
reflects that. However we disagree with the view that all, or a significant
majority, of members should be current teachers. This could severely limit the

pool of available candidates. Former teachers, or academics, now well
regarded by the sector because of their strategic, leadership or research work,
would be ineligible for selection. It may also be difficult to find current
practitioners with the required range of skills and the availability to serve on the
new body. One way of providing for appropriate knowledge and understanding
while keeping the pool open, would be to set a criterion of ‘able to be
registered’ rather than ‘currently registered’.

Advisory Group Recommendations:
101. While there was significant opposition to the notion of all members of the
governing board being appointed by the Minister of Education, our view is that
the Minister should ultimately make all the appointments, either directly or
through nomination.

102. Most importantly, ministerial appointments are a useful (and usual) way for
government to protect the public interest, in this case, through a quality
teaching workforce. Ministerial appointment of all members would also enable
an overview of the makeup of the governing board of the Council, ensuring an
appropriate mix of skills and competence.

103. It is clear that this will be the biggest hurdle to be overcome in order to achieve
your vision of a transformed professional body
Education Acts
The Education Council must register an applicant under section 352 if satisfied that the applicant—
“(a)is of good character; and
“(b)is fit to be a teacher; and
“(c)is satisfactorily trained to teach; and
“(d)meets the criteria for teacher registration established under section 382(1)(e); and
“(e)has not been convicted of a specified offence listed in Schedule 21.
Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003
a majority of members who are health practitioners;
+ lay people
no mention of providing leadership, or direction
no mention of enhancing the status
no mention of disseminating best practice
Key issues:
Feedback found support for a body at "arm's length" with strong teacher representation
The Ministerial recommendation was for a council of 9 or 10 with 6 having teaching experience and 2 lay people
"A crucial decision for government, however, is whether the governing body should represent the profession or be representative of the profession."
The Bill itself states a maximum number of people who are fit to be registered not a minimum all appointed by the Minister
4 are directly appointed and 5 apply for the role - no mention of nomination from the profession
The function of the new council has specific mention of areas that seem likely to be political rather than strictly to do with regulation, training and oversight
Both the last two points are noticeably different from how health councils have been established.
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