5045 unregistered teachers? Nothing to worry about

Apparently we have over 5000 people teaching that the Teachers’ Council doesn’t know about.

The council has compared its records of registered teachers with the number of teachers paid through the Ministry of Education payroll and found 5045 unregistered teachers.

A further 433 teachers were identified as being paid to teach, yet the council has no record of them.

Letters have been sent to teachers who have let their registration lapse and those who have escaped the council’s radar.

Teachers Council chief executive Rob McIntosh said the numbers, in its annual report, should not alarm people and were a reassurance the council was picking up those who had fallen out of the system. Most unregistered teachers had previously been authorised and had simply let their practice certificates lapse through oversight or tardiness.

Teachers were legally allowed to teach for up to 10 days without being registered and that could account for many who were unknown to the council.

He said schools were obliged to check they were employing people fit for the job.

It appears the schools don’t care about following impractical rules.  

Teachers are required to renew their registration every three years, and it is unlawful to teach for more than 20 half-days without the correct authorisation.

The annual report revealed there had been a reduction in the number of teachers working unlawfully or without a practising certificate or correct authorisation.

School principals have been contacted to reinforce the importance of all staff being registered or authorised and a good response had been received.

Prosecutions were still on the cards as the council worked through the process and information needed to successfully go to court.

A key focus of the publicly available teacher register was to ensure those on it have “met and maintained a high standard of practice as detailed in the Registered Teacher Criteria”.

McIntosh said the number of teachers being reported for competence and conduct issues was increasing, but it wasn’t because there were more problem teachers. “It’s people understanding better their obligations to report these matters.”

You can see the farce here.  Teachers must be registered to there is “quality control”, yet over 5000 people are having access to kids with an unknown skill set and, statistically speaking, some of them are a threat to their pupils in ways that doesn’t need describing.

Teacher registration is specifically promoted to be the major factor in “conduct and competence” issues.   So what do we call 5000+ teachers that are running amok our there?

How about negligence?


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