Fairfax obviously have no trouble putting untrained and unsupervised “journalists” in charge of publishing near verbatim press releases from the teachers’ union without even pretending they have taken a cursory look at it for pressing “publish”.
Changes to education rules will mean unqualified teachers working unsupervised in primary schools, a union says.
According to NZEI, the primary teachers’ union, a “last-minute” change to the Education Legislation Bill would allow schools to cheaply hire an “unqualified person in an unsupervised teaching role” while they did an initial teacher training programme.
“As a principal, I know that taking trainees straight off the street and putting them in front of a classroom is absolutely inappropriate,” union president Louise Green said.
“Teachers need high-quality, professional training and education to learn the skills of teaching. They need an understanding of child development and the curriculum.”
New Zealand already had an oversupply of certificated and registered primary teachers and just 15 per cent of graduating teachers were getting permanent fulltime jobs, she said.
“The amendments appear to be wholly inconsistent with the Government’s goal of lifting the status of teaching and moving towards teaching as a post-graduate profession. Read more »