The thing about Charter Schools – which was one of John Bank’s “legacies” before he ended up in Court cleaning his ears – is that teaching staff do not have to be registered. Despite official advice from the Ministry of Education, which stated,
“The overall potential for a negative impact on students’ education from teachers who do not meet the minimum standards for the profession is high,” the statement said. “Teacher registration is one of the most influential levers in raising teacher quality across the profession in both state and private schools.”
Amidst fears of people with unknown histories; dubious qualifications; and other unknown unpleasantries, ending up in Charter School classrooms, our Dear Leader John Key seemed… relaxed by it all;
“But I don’t think we should be hung up by any one particular angle. There will always be a push back by the teachers union that will be fearful of that, but as I say if you look at the history of New Zealand schools we have had plenty of people who have been teaching our youngsters who haven’t been registered qualified teachers. If those partnership schools don’t succeed the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them.”
Key has said he would not be bothered if his children were taught by unregistered teachers. Not bloody likely – Key’s offspring were taught in the most expensive private schools money could buy. No chance of Key’s offspring rubbing shoulders with middle class kids in State schools or working class kids in Charter Schools – the Key Clan could afford The Best.
So what of Charter schools? Despite the mealy-mouthed reassurances from the likes of Key, Parata, and Banks – a simple reality remains; they will be employing unregistered teachers. Which leaves us with a situation like this, as reported by Radio NZ on 27 May;
Coming soon to a Charter School near you: a teacher who has been sacked from his job and de-registered. But there is nothing to stop this man from being re-hired by a Charter School.
- Un-registered, he is no longer listed with the Teacher’s Council. (Unless the Council maintains a separate Black List of de-registered teachers and is readily available to education institutions?)
- He has not been charged or found guilty of any offence, according to the story above – so any Charter School conducting a police background check will come up with nothing.
- The man’s identity has not been released, so even a simple Google search will come up with nothing.
- All he needs to do is remove the last school he worked at (from which he was sacked), and he effectively has a “clean” C.V.
The policy of allowing unregistered teachers is a ticking time-bomb, and this blogger can already see tomorrow’s headlines; “Unregistered teacher at XYZ Charter School molests pupils“.
There will be the usual ‘noises’ of “improving procedures and protocols” being made. But without registration, the pupils of Charter Schools will be vulnerable to predator-“teachers” who fancy a 12 year old boy or girlfriend.
In effect, Parata and Banks – with the blessing of Dear Leader – have handed paedophiles their next victims on a tax-payer funded plate.
As usual, it is the most vulnerable in our society who will be paying for National/ACT’s shonkey, ideologically-half-baked policies.
We have been warned.
Fairfax media: Ministry advised against unregistered charter teachers
TVNZ News: Key – Don’t worry about unqualified teachers
NZ Herald: Ministers’ kids skip big classes
Radio NZ: Pupil praised, teacher deregistered
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allthingslearning: Can a teacher “create” LEARNing THAT LASTS?
New Statesman: The American revolution in English schools
Huffington Post: In Support of the Whole Child
No Right Turn: Charter schools are bad schools
Local Bodies: NZ Charter Schools Defined
The Standard: Incoherent education policy
The Standard: Robber’s charter
The Daily Blog: Does it get any more rich than this?
Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes
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