Hekia comes good…for once…axes Teachers’ Council

Hekia Parata has made a bold decision and axed the Teachers’ Council.

Regular readers will know that I am not a fan of Hekia Parata but credit where credit is due she has done the right thing. They must have seen it coming with recent announcements from the now defunct organisation. Too little too late.

Well done Hekia.

The Teachers Council has been dumped after the conviction of a child sex offender, who evaded police while working under a fake identity at several schools, prompted a review.

Minister of Education Hekia Parata today announced a new body, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, is proposed to take over from the council and appointments have been made for a board to manage the transition. 

The Teachers Council has been overseeing the profession since 2002 and a bill would be introduced to Parliament to make changes to the Education Act to see its disestablishment. This is expected to come into effect next year.

Parata said the review process began three years ago and the decision to make changes was based on recommendations from the 2010 Workforce Advisory Group, and findings of the ministerial report into the employment of a convicted sex offender in the education sector.

Now watch the teacher unions and Labour party wail and gnash their teeth.

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