Barbara Ala’alatoa and Anthony Mackay have been reappointed as Chair and Deputy Chair respectively of the Education Council for 12 months.

Ala’alatoa and Mackay have been in their roles since July 2015.

“I am appointing them for a further 12 months to ensure that the Education Council remains well positioned to continue to raise the status of the teaching profession and set high professional standards,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

“There is currently a bill going through Parliament to give teachers back the right to elect representatives to the Education Council, giving teaching professionals more ownership of and trust and confidence in their peak body.

“The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill increases the number of council members from nine to 13 – with seven registered teachers and principals to be directly elected by their peers and six members appointed by the Minister of Education.

“The reappointments announced today will support continuity of board leadership and governance while this bill is being considered,” says Hipkins.

Ala’alaota is currently principal at Sylvia Park Primary School, and she is currently a member of the Independent Taskforce on the Tomorrow’s Schools Review. Mackay is deputy chancellor of Swinburne University, Melbourne and chief executive of the Centre for Strategic Education Melbourne and moderator of the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession.


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