PPTA aim to cut costs and use unqualified personnel

The PPTA along with other teacher unions likes to bang on about registration and qualifications of teachers and how Charter Schools will use “unqualified” teachers. Apparently it will destroy our education…you know the one that already fails 25% of students.

The Owl has been watching.

PPTA aim to cut costs and use unqualified personnel – Observation by the Owl

The PPTA are having their annual conference right now and have called for National Standards and unregistered teachers under Charter Schools to be stopped.

The National Executive and members are voting on constitutional changes (available on their website – look up 2012 Conference Agenda) to not have their regional accounts audited. Refer section 5 of their recommendation.

In light of the Meat Workers case (refer previous posts by Whaleoil) this is an outrageous change to the constitution and should be voted down by the members.

The PPTA is still to file their 2011 and 2012 accounts but their 2010 Annual Accounts are revealing enough. Their turnover for 2010 was $9.4M. They made a surplus of $363,434.

The reason for the change is costs.

Observation by the Owl

The auditors have given regional book-keepers permission to submit limited information unaudited. Meaning that unqualified book-keepers, can do the accounts just like Charter Schools can have unqualified teachers.

The Audit fee for the 2010 accounts was $17k which is not unreasonable and included the audited regional accounts which have cash and debtors of $300k.

If I was a member I would be saying No to this change as the PPTA can afford to pay for audited accounts as the Presidents expenses came to $220,814.00 alone and the PPTA has $4M in working capital alone.

If I was one of the book-keepers in the region I would resign as unaudited accounts brings up too many questions and I could not on one hand argue against unregistered teachers in Charter Schools and then provide unqualified accounts and say it is okay.

Am I missing something here? If I was a member……


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