Unqualified teachers not a problem for charter schools
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 8:54a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Ministry of Education has come under fire after it revealed New Zealand charter schools would be able to employ unregistered teachers.
But one visiting expert says that's not necessarily a problem - Mike Feinberg is the co-founder of The Knowledge Is Power Programme, which runs 125 public charter schools in the United States.
Mr Feinberg says some people make excellent teachers without having the necessary qualifications.
“I don’t suggest tomorrow New Zealand get rid of all your registered teachers and bring in a bunch of unregistered teachers, but give the principals the freedom, the local control on the ground, to bring in the people they need,” he told Firstline this morning.
Mr Feinberg says it is illegal in the United States for charter schools to turn away students with special needs or difficulties, and hopes this same model is followed in New Zealand.
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29/09/2012 4:11:03 p.m.
Next in line charter hospitals.
28/09/2012 1:31:44 p.m.
He had some good points, I'm fine with some 'unqualified' teachers but their should be some rules as to the amount.
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