PPTA President

Image Angela Roberts PPTA president 2013-2014

News and views from PPTA president Angela Roberts.

Includes the PPTA News viewpoint and his responses to various education issues raised in the media.

(Angela began her presidency mid January 2013)

 

 

Raising the status of teaching with Botox

PUMs cover PPTA News May 2014

 

PPTA president Angela Roberts reflects on the paid union meetings - held at the end of April - when members met to discuss and take action over the Education Amendment Bill (No.2). This Bill proposes to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ). EDUCANZ will not be required to be representative of the profession and will only be accountable to the government of the day.

 

Raising the status of teaching with Botox

What a great experience it was last month attending the regional paid union meetings.

Regional meetings a powerful and unifying experience

In the course of three days our executive was able to engage with all members (I know some members weren’t able to attend but I’m confident they’d have received a full report back) and to put an identical message before them all.

I love the digital world but it’s hard to beat the consistency of message, the interaction and the powerful sense of unity and purpose that is unique to real-time meetings.

It’s no wonder the thought of employees meeting together has caused such alarm for employers over the years. As far back as 1799, the UK Parliament tried to stop employees gathering together by passing a law delightfully entitled, An Act to Prevent Unlawful Combinations of Workmen.

Over the last 300 years, restrictions on the capacity of workers to organise have been more common than not and it’s still the case for many of our colleagues overseas that union activism will result in police beatings, terror and imprisonment.

EDUCANZ Bill does not address concerns raised during the Teachers Council review

Our right to meet as secondary teachers to make common cause is precious and is recognised as such by our executive. Paid union meetings are never called lightly. The recent meetings followed on from a PPTA Annual Conference recommendation  that members should be called together if the concerns expressed during the consultation on EDUCANZ weren’t addressed in the legislation.

That proved to be the case and provided an apposite example of the contempt with which the engineers of this legislation regard teachers. Apparently the status of teaching will be raised by consciously and publicly ignoring teachers’ views on their own profession, denying them any role in the governance of their own “professional body” and by revoking their agreed code of ethics and replacing it with a “code of conduct”. This “code of conduct” designed by a coterie of hand-picked political appointees, unencumbered by any understanding of the day to day reality of teaching in the 21st century, will supposedly work like the professional equivalent of Botox.

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