Members of the secondary teachers’ union, the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), have voted to boycott nominations for the new teachers’ professional body Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Educanz).
Of the 22 per cent of members who voted, 95 per cent agreed they would not accept a nomination or appointment to the council, nor participate in the body’s consultation processes.
The appointments process for Educanz, which will replace the current Teachers' Council, will see teachers lose the right to elect some the members. Instead, all members will be appointed by the Education Minister from a pool of nominees.
The PPTA objects to the process, describing it as “undemocratic”.
“Members of Educanz must understand that they will serve the minister and the government of the day ‒ not the teaching profession,” says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
“The Educanz model as it stands allows the minister to hand-pick an exclusive club. By stripping away the professional voice of teachers and not allowing us to elect our own representatives to our own professional body, Educanz will struggle for credibility,” she said.