Catherine Delahunty, in Committee, to move the following amendment:
In clause 38, new section 382(1), delete paragraph (c) (page 53, lines 6 to 9).
Clause 38, new section 382 of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) outlines the proposed functions of the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ), which is the body that the Government proposes to establish to take over from the Teachers Council of New Zealand.
Amongst other things, clause 38, new section 382(1)(c) of the Bill introduces a new function for the regulatory body to “identify and disseminate best practice in teaching and leadership and foster the education profession’s continued development in light of research, and evidence of changes in society and technology”.
This Supplementary Order Paper deletes the proposed new function.
This function is irrelevant to the core purpose of the new council, which is to act as a registration body which manages entry to, and exit from, the teaching profession. By requiring the new council to “identify and disseminate best practice” the Government risks distracting the body from its core purpose. Other registration bodies, eg those established under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, are not given such wide-ranging functions. The best way to enhance the status of teachers and education leaders would be for the council to conduct its registration functions effectively and efficiently, so that only those people who should be in the teaching profession, because they provide high quality and safe learning environments for students, are able to hold practising certificates.