Can we swap Hekia for this bloke?

Hekia Parata is a walking disaster…just yesterday we heard of the cost of her contretemps with Lesley Longstone. Perhaps though we could swap her out for this bloke:

Only 30 per cent of year 12 students who are currently accepted into teacher education courses would make the cut under wide-ranging reforms announced by the state government.

The measures would eliminate an estimated 800 to 1000 HSC graduates from teaching degrees each year,  according to the president of the NSW Board of Studies, Tom Alegounarias.

It would also be easier to sack underperforming teachers, who would then be de-registered.

The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, announced a range of initiatives on Wednesday that would restrict the entry of year 12 graduates into teacher education courses, based on their HSC marks.

Students would need to achieve marks of more than 80 in three subjects, including English, to be admitted into a university teaching degree.

Schools would also tighten restrictions on the number of students allowed to complete practical training.

Trainee teachers would also need to pass a literacy and numeracy test before their final-year professional experience placement in a school.

Once they had finished their course, university teaching graduates would need to demonstrate an “aptitude for teaching” to determine their suitability for entry into the profession.

Teachers who were found to be underperforming would be de-registered from the profession, which would prevent those working in the government system from moving into the non-government sector.

“It’s a recognition that underperforming teachers have to be moved on,” Mr Piccoli said.

“The department, the Catholics and independents will have to come back with implementation plans.

“If you are underperforming and you get sacked from the government system or the Catholic, you get deregistered.”


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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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