When it comes to professional disciplinary bodies, there is always at least the perception of conflict when the profession sits in judgement of their own. ¬†Lawyers, police, journalists, real estate agents – they all go to their peers to be judged.
The government is taking a sensible step away from this with teachers, and it’s fair to say it’s ruffled some feathers.
Groups representing primary principals and secondary teachers are planning to ignore this week’s call for nominations to the council because they are angry they are losing the right to elect any of the organisation’s members – instead the Education Minister will appoint them all.
The primary teachers’ union is also unhappy, but it will challenge the Government to choose people who represent teachers by running its own nomination process.
The Education Council is replacing the Teachers Council and will be a statutory body rather than an autonomous Crown entity, a change that places it further from government influence.
However, all the new organisation’s nine members will be selected by the Education Minister from a pool of nominees that anyone can put forward.
To be clear – anyone can be nominated. ¬†It doesn’t actually freeze teachers, principals their union mates or any strong advocate out from the process. ¬† Read more »