Only Teachers would be angered by excellence

The teachers unions are cutting up rough again, this time because the government is seeking the recruitment of “high calibre” teachers:

Ian Leckie, the president of education sector union NZEI, said Mrs Tolley was insulting teachers by suggesting quality was not already the key factor in appointments.

“It’s degrading to suggest that there are a whole lot of teachers out there who shouldn’t be there,” Mr Leckie said.

“There has never been a notion of ‘any person will do’, and in fact entry criteria into the profession is well established and well fed by the New Zealand Teachers Council.

“There are checks and balances in place to in fact ensure quality rather than just set numbers.”

Remember this is the same guy who was front and centre in opposing National Standards. We know that his claims now are crocodile tears. The teachers unions have no interest in quality, they are there to preserve the domain on inadequacy and mediocrity.

It is high time that the state sector unions were bashed into submission.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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