Education (Protecting Teacher Title) Amendment Bill – First Reading  – Video 8
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Education (Protecting Teacher Title) Amendment Bill – First Reading – Video 8

I call Erica Sanford Thank You mr. Speaker I rise to speak in opposition to the education protecting teacher title amendment bill how can I first can I first justify start by saying that I want to offer my congratulations to miss Ginny Mycroft for having her bill selected as I said earlier I’ve got a bill that I lodged today hoping that it will also be selected and just like to say congratulations well done I want to see the good intent in ms mark Roth’s bill not because she’s a new MP like me and because she’s a very nice lady we served together on the Environment Select Committee and she’s a very good member of that committee and like I say I consider her a friend but because her bill talks about the uplifting and protecting of the status of teachers and that is admirable our teachers in New Zealand are unsung heroes they are thoroughly professional people who are dedicated to the vocation and supporting their students to achieve and succeed and they often go beyond the call of duty and they do that with less acclaim than they deserve so don’t get me wrong Mr Speaker we absolutely back and celebrate teachers and we are in their court must madam speaker sir we’re in their corner but I’m not going to pretend that this bill is anything more than yet another thinly veiled attack on charter schools members of that 3-headed coalition on the other side of the house have deep-seated ideological opposition to charter schools they have it in for charter schools despite the fact despite the fact that charter schools have lower truancy rates less bullying the fact that their students have phenomenal NCEA achievement when they were failing in the mainstream but the fact that charter schools have given their students confidence self belief and a feeling of belonging this bill would restrict the title of teacher to a person who has a tertiary qualification and teaching never mind people who advertise themselves as driving teachers dance teachers or coding teachers or the self defense teachers who teach my son Alex at the bays Marshall Academy according to New Zealand first New Zealand has this huge problem with people misrepresenting themselves as teachers something that is news to most people probably listening to this debate actually this bill does misrepresent charter schools and perpetuate the myth that they are rife with teachers who are unqualified unregistered unskilled and unprofessional mr. speaker madam Speaker sorry that could not be further from the truth of its entire teaching staff Vanguard military school in my electorate I will always stand up for them a charter school of my electorate has only two unregistered teachers a Defense Force teacher teaching military studies in at arroyo teacher and under this Labour lead government Vanguard and other charter schools like it will be closed these teachers will have more to worry about than what they get called because they will be looking for jobs and their students will be looking for schools for any other teaching professionals who do keep their jobs under this coalition government well if they don’t meet the requirements of this bill they can expect to face a fine of up to $2,000 for calling themselves a teacher no matter what subject matter expertise or experience they might be imparting madam Speaker I cannot wait for the education ministers bold education summit and the ambitious work programme that he has announced today because they just might actually generate some good ideas and policy that put kids first and make constructive it occurs constructive contribution to our education system rather than what we’ve seen so far which is repealing taking away removing national standards closing down charter schools because all I have seen from this coalition government as a government that’s bereft of ideas they are writing bills to close charter schools get rid of national standards and to try and solve problems that don’t exist like this bill miss madam Speaker it’s a very poor bill with absolutely nothing to offer except to waste this houses time it’s a solution searching for a problem and we will not be supporting this bill I call Jamie stray

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