19 September 2018
NZEI Te Riu Roa says teachers will welcome the return of their democratic right to elect members of the Teaching Council
of Aotearoa New Zealand (formerly Education Council).
The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill passed its final reading yesterday, reinstating
the right of teachers to elect their representatives on their own professional body.
NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter said teachers were angered and insulted when the previous National Government
decided that the Education Minister would make all appointments to serve on the Council.
“We lobbied hard for the return of teachers' democratic rights, and we thank the Labour-led Government for listening to
the profession on this issue,” he said.
Mr Goulter added that educators did not want this progress weakened by the clause allowing the Minister to issue a
direction relating to specific Council functions -- arguably reducing the independence of the Council.
The Bill will, "enable the Minister to issue a direction relating to specific Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
functions." It also requires the Council to consult the Minister prior to making changes to teacher qualification
requirements or registration criteria.
This is a significant new power, given the Minister also appoints the Chair.
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.