The amount teachers pay for their annual practising certificates could soar from $73 to $170, under changes proposed by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Council has opened consultation with the sector on the proposed changes to the fee structure.
The Education Council says the current fees - which have remained the same since 2010 - no longer reflect the services the Council provides to the profession.
The Council has been given government transition funding but must become self-sufficient from July 2019. Without an increase in fees, the Council will face a $9.595 million annual shortfall from that date.
"That paints a simple picture of why we’re proposing to change fees," says Education Council Chief Executive Dr Graham Stoop.
Under the proposals, the fee for renewing a teacher’s practising certificate will rise from an annualised figure of $73 to an annualised figure of $170. This amount has been calculated after modelling from Deloitte.
The Education Council is also proposing a regular CPI-linked increase to the fee.
Consultation also covers proposals regarding the frequency of fee payments - annually or triennially. Currently teachers pay $220.80 every three years. The proposed triennial fee is $510.
The Council has prepared a detailed consultation document. Feedback collected during the fees consultation will be passed to the Education Council Board for its decision. The Council is proposing that any changes to fees will not take effect until 1 July 2019.
"Teachers help shape our future society every day in the classroom - this consultation is their chance to shape their profession for the future, too. I encourage all 101,000 of them to share their thoughts with us," says Dr Stoop.
Consultation closes on 5 May 2017. The fees consultation webpage can be found here: https://educationcouncil.org.nz/feesconsultation.