Welcome to PPTA
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:06
Welcome to the website of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA), the professional association representing teachers and principals in secondary and area schools, and teachers in intermediates, technicraft centres, and community education.
EDUCANZ - Make a submission
- Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 04:52
PPTA members held paid union meetings last week (8-11 April) in preparation for making submissions on legislation that attacks the teaching profession.
The Education Amendment Bill (No 2), which the government clearly intends to push through before the election, establishes a new professional body for teachers - the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ).
EDUCANZ, which is set to replace the current New Zealand Teachers Council (NZTC), purports to be about “raising the status of the profession” but the reality is very different.
The bill sets out an extensive new role and structure for EDUCANZ which includes:
• No elected positions on the EDUCANZ council and no guarantee there will be any practicing teachers or principals. There will be no union representation. The board will be accountable only to the government of the day, not to the profession.
• Developing new sets of standards (separate criteria for registration and practising certificates and “standards for ongoing practice”). This could be connected to the five levels of performance pay that the chairman of the EDUCANZ Transition Board, John Morris, has recently written about.
• Replacing the Teachers Council Code of Ethics, currently an aspirational document reflecting the professional status of teachers, with a more directive “Code of Conduct”. The legislation says teachers will be consulted about this new code but, as we have seen so far, that does not mean any account will be taken of their views.
Submissions close 30 April 2014. Make your submission now.