The teacher unions and their proxies in parliament, the Green party and the Labour party, all oppose charter schools. The one main issue they have is that there is no requirement for all teachers at charter schools to be registered.
Apparently registration is there to protect the kids.
Yet there isn’t a day that goes by where one registered teacher or another is hauled before the courts or the Teachers Tribunal for a range of offences.
The latest is two registered drug dealing pre-school teachers.
A “one-off” drug deal at a Wanaka preschool has resulted in two teachers having their registrations torn up.
Wanaka early childhood teachers Catherine Ngaire Williamson and Gemma Ward were deregistered by the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and censured for serious misconduct after Ecstasy changed hands at Oanaka EduCare in the resort town.
In November last year, Ms Williamson took to the preschool three Ecstasy tablets, which were bought by Ms Ward.
Oanaka EduCare owner Sandie Dodds said she felt the right decision was made.
“I don’t think there’s any room for any teacher to have drugs at an early childhood centre,” she said.