New Zealand Minister of Education Hekia Parata continues to assert that to be a teacher does not require teaching registration - that is, she believes that professional teaching does not require a teaching qualification.
"Being unregistered is not the same as being unqualified" Hekia Parata in Parliament 30 July 2013
This inane assertion is made in order to support charter schools.
Question: What criteria does someone need to meet in order to become a registered teacher other than hold a teaching qualification?
Hekia's answer on 31 July: "I would have to get the detail ... I am unable to list them here"
Charter schools - New Zealand style - will not require their staff to be registered teachers.
Charter school staff will not need to:
1. establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of ākonga (the term akonga has been chosen to be inclusive of all learners in the full range of settings, from early childhood to secondary and beyond)
2. demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all ākonga
3. demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand
4. demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of personal professional practice
5. show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning
6. conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme
7. promote a collaborative, inclusive and supportive learning environment
8. demonstrate in practice their knowledge and understanding of how ākonga learn
9. respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests and needs of individuals and groups of ākonga
10. work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand
11. analyse and appropriately use assessment information, which has been gathered formally and informally
12. use critical inquiry and problem-solving effectively in their professional practice
Registered teacher criteria (Teachers Council website)