The passing of the second reading of the Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill means teachers are soon likely to be able to elect seven of their own to their professional and regulatory body. Another six members will be appointed by the Minister of Education.

“The changes mean that teachers will be able to determine their own representation on the organisation responsible for providing leadership to the profession and lifting its status,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

Hipkins says its about giving teachers the same rights as other professionals, such as doctors, nurses and real estate agents have this right.

“It is only fair that teachers have their right of direct representation and election restored,” he says.

“The majority of submitters supported this change. Like us, they believed that the teaching profession can be trusted to elect responsible representatives, along with a smaller number of ministerial appointments, to give them a say in governing their own professional organisation.”

The Bill also changes the name of the Education Council to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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