The various Teacher Unions are holding our education system to ransom in protecting their patch.
Principals’ Federation president Phil Harding said it was a concern if schools were receiving ministry backlash for refusing to comply with national standards, especially if effective boards of trustees were stood down for Government policy reasons.
“Any school that tried to stand up to this policy has been given a very clear message that it’s not acceptable. I know from some conversations that it has happened.
Of course it is unacceptable. It is government policy, it is the right of the government to implement the policy and teachers are civil servants who should do as they are told. I wonder how the teachers would react if little Johnny decided that maths wasn’t for him that instead he’d be better off doing art during maths class.
“It’s when it is done to an effective board and effective principal because of the position they are taking that we get twitchy and unhappy.”
The school he is talking about is dysfunctional and yet they defend them.
Meanwhile, teacher unions have launched a campaign to boycott the trial of a computerised national standards assessment tool.
Progress and Consistency Tool, which the teacher unions believe the Government is gearing to make mandatory for all schools by 2015.
It could be used to introduce performance pay that could see teachers paid according to their pupils’ achievement levels.
By ceasing their involvement, schools had the ability to slow down the development of national standards, Harding said.
Of course the government could introduce substantial penalties against schools which deliberate sabotage government policy. The first step should be discontinuing the practice of paying for the head of the various unions salary and put that burden back on the union.