What’s happening to the Teachers’ Council?
It’s important for both parents andÂ the teaching profession that there is a strong independent professional body to promote quality teaching.Â The Teachers’ Council is being dumped and changed into the â€œEducation Council of Aotearoa NZâ€ (EDUCANZ).
EDUCANZ will control aspects of the teaching profession, including entry, qualification, registration, discipline, competency and the new three-yearly issuing of practising certificates.
Teachers – Letâ€™s make sure we retain our teachersâ€™ voices in our own professional body
The Government has abolished your professional body, the Teachers Council and removed your right to vote for your representatives on its replacement, EDUCANZ.
This removes genuinely representative teachersâ€™ voices from the Council.
As a result NZEIâ€™s National Executive has decided to do what the Government has failed to do:Â to run a democratic process with all teachers so that widely-supported teacher representatives can be put forward for the new Council.
Please help to keep our voice.Â We need to hear who YOU want as representatives URGENTLY.Â Our deadline is Friday 20 March.Â The Minister has imposed a very tight timeframe of March 26 for her official nomination process.
Despite the tight timeframe, we want to do ensure our nominations are carried out in an open, transparent and democratic manner.Â The names of the representatives you put forwardÂ â€“ ECE teachers, primary teachers and principals â€“will then be voted on by a national electoral college of teacher leaders.Â The Ministerâ€™s response to the successful representatives we put forward on your behalf will be very telling.
Please read the criteria for representatives here
Use the online form to put forward the name(s) you wish to see as representatives. Remember, our deadline is Friday 20 March.