New screening won't cover charter schools
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 5:39a.m.
The Government's moves to tighten up teacher screening are being contrasted with its policy allowing charter schools to hire unregistered staff.
Watch the video to see Education Minister Hekia Parata discuss the issue with Firstline this morning.
An inquiry report on how convicted child sex offender Te Rito Henry Miki was able to work in six schools before being found out and arrested was released on Tuesday.
It recommends 35 changes to teacher registration and screening regimes, and the Government says it will adopt all of them.
The Green Party says it's bizarre for the Government to do that while allowing charter schools to hire unregistered teachers.
"This review talks about a whole layer of additional checks that will be done at teacher registration level and which the unqualified staff that the Government plans for charter schools will miss out on completely," education spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty says.
"It highlights another area where charter schools will compromise the education and safety of our most vulnerable learners."
The first two charter schools are due to open at the beginning of 2014.
They will be Government funded but run by community or business organisations, and will be able to set their own curriculums, their own school hours and terms, and not all their teachers have to be registered.
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23/08/2012 10:17:33 a.m.
Can we hold John Banks personally responsible for kids that will be abused in Charter Schools. If even robust system funded by a government mninistry still has holes in it, then Charter Schools are just a open door for paedophiles. NZ cant afford to fund private education, what a gype ACT you should disband yourselves as a political party.
23/08/2012 7:33:45 a.m.
and yet if you listen to her in parliament yesterday it is obvious that all employees in public, private and charter schools will be screened.
22/08/2012 2:51:36 p.m.
@Steve O, JOhn Key and John Banks owe fundamentalist cults like the Exclusive Brethren political favours.
It is likely that groups like these will qualify for funding through the scheme as well as other cultist groups like Destiny church.
Basically the New Zealand tax payer is going to be paying for cult indoctrination.
Scarey politics... and it amazes me that political reporters havent looked into this more deeply.
I mean.. do you as a tax payer want your tax's going to Destiny Church and the Exclusive Brethren... so that they can abuse kids?.
22/08/2012 11:51:13 a.m.
Simple answer. If the school boards and PTA are doing their job they will mandate a policy to only hire qualified teachers. Bugger the governments fiddling around in their sandpit.
22/08/2012 11:27:29 a.m.
steve o wrote:
Is it ANY surprise that FUNDY Christian Banks is behind this charter school nonsense? Charter Schools will be Schools by the ignorant, for the ignorant. Best stay in the publicly funded system i think.
22/08/2012 11:10:39 a.m.
All people that teach in a class room should be registered, even if they are not qualified teachers. There needs to be a common area in which people can be checked out. Any name on the list should be fully checked out.
22/08/2012 11:08:50 a.m.
What a load of bulls**t. Hekia Parata can make as many changes as she likes within the teacher registration or screening regime. A fact still remains that these changes effectively disregard the charter school system. WTF are these 'so-called' poiticians trying to do to NZders. The National govt, IMO, have dropped the ball. The changes they have enlisted are not there to solve a growing education problem but inflame them. Parata might as well personally roll out the 'red carpet' herself and invite paedophiles into the education system because these changes the govt have adopted will see our children placed in a more vulnerable position than ever.
22/08/2012 11:07:44 a.m.
No Mana Pahrana strikes again! Der .... More stringent check put in place but we'll allow the dodgy teachers in by allowing them to work as non registered teachers teach???
22/08/2012 10:15:29 a.m.
Our schooling is becoming a joke!!!!!!! Bring back the old way of reporting and then parents will know where their children are really at. Why should all a class benefit from the ones who are doing the work. Kids leave school with a pass for a subject when it is the top kids giving it to them not their own knowledge. Charter schools will open up a whole new lane for deviate offending and kids not being educated right. National you are ruining this country by the day. Can't wait for the next couple of years to pass so we might actually get a govt who uses their brains and does things that benefit the whole of NZ not just the top earning sector.
22/08/2012 9:31:00 a.m.
i throught National Party was going to stop these rapest? beast of blenheim and now this? thanks national
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