Supplementary Order Paper No 218

New subpart 14A

After clause 34 (page 15, after line 31), insert:

Subpart 14A—Amendments to Part 32 (Education Council)

34A Section 380 (Composition of Education Council)

Replace section 380 with:

380 Composition of Education Council

(1)

The Education Council comprises 13 members as follows:

(a)

7 elected members (each of whom must be a registered teacher holding a current practising certificate), being—

(i)

1 teacher representing the early childhood sector, elected by teachers from the sector; and

(ii)

1 teacher representing the primary sector, elected by teachers from that sector; and

(iii)

1 teacher representing the secondary sector, elected by teachers from that sector; and

(iv)

1 teacher educator, elected by registered teachers working in the fields of initial and ongoing teacher education; and

(v)

1 principal representing the primary sector, elected by principals from that sector; and

(vi)

1 principal representing the secondary sector, elected by principals from that sector; and

(vii)

1 head teacher, senior teacher, or supervisor, representing leadership in the early childhood education sector, elected by leaders from that sector:

(b)

6 members appointed by the Minister in accordance with clause 1 of schedule 21.

(2)

The Minister must appoint 1 of the members appointed or elected under this section as chairperson.

(3)

The elected members of the Education Council must be elected in accordance with rules made under section 388 by registered teachers who each hold a current practising certificate.

(4)

The first elections for the elected members must be held as soon as practicable after the commencement of this section but, until the date on which the elected members take office following these elections, the Education Council remains in place.

(5)

In order to provide for the staggered turnover of members, the Minister may specify, when appointing members to hold office when this section comes into force, which members are to hold office for 3 years (which is the standard term of office specified in subsection (7)), and which are to hold office for 18 months.

(6)

An elected member becomes a member of the Education Council on the date fixed by the Education Council as the date on which elected members take office.

(7)

The term of office of every elected member is 3 years.

(8)

Despite subsection (7), every elected member continues in office until his or her successor comes into office.