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ECE Teachers are Made of Money – Education Minister

 

NEWS FLASH:  Update to this article as at 10 April 2017.  
The proposed new fee charges have been announced and these are as follows:   

  Every year  Or, every three years 
Fee for lodging application for practising certificate after existing cert has expired   $100 one-off fee (up from $50.)  
Fee charged of teachers who hold a practising certificate $170. $510. (up from $220.80)

Fee for moving from a:

  • provisional certificate
  • subject to confirmation certificate
  • overseas or Australian trans-tasman
$270 $610 (up from $302.57)
Fee for limited authority to teach $170. (up from $56.22)  
The Education Council does not intend to introduce a separate discipline fee to cover its costs for dealing with teacher conduct and competence issues     

How else could the Education Council be getting its money instead of raising fees to teachers????

Is this fair on early childhood teachers who are paid less than primary and secondary teachers - many of whom work for companies and private operators and may be paying the fees themselves?

Should the fees be set at a different rate for teachers working in the early childhood sector? 

   

  

teacher wages and family money worriesThe Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has been put on notice by Education Minister Hekia Parata to become a self-sufficient business operation and instructed to raise fees on teachers practising certificates and find other sources of revenue.

ChildForum says the Government is walking all over early childhood teachers.

“Early childhood teachers are not made of money. They should not be made to pay more for a practising certificate,” ChildForum’s chief executive Dr Sarah Alexander said.

“Early childhood teachers do not earn massive amounts of money. They are highly vulnerable in terms of pay and conditions of work compared with teachers in schools and in the public education sector.”

Already, early childhood teachers who are not able to complete the requirements for full registration within six years of gaining their teaching qualification owing to reasons such as taking time off to have children or working in home-based ECE or a different part of the education sector, face a fee around of $4,000 and four months of additional study for a teacher refresher course if they want to stay in.

“Increasing the costs of certification is yet another move that will add to early childhood teachers questioning how much longer they can afford to stay in the profession and this will result in greater loss of talent and investment in teacher education and building up a qualified ECE workforce.”

After restructuring and renaming the NZ Teachers’ Council Ms Parata has announced that the Government is giving ECANZ $21.3 million of taxpayer money on top of the $3.43 million already given to enable it to complete the transition process.

A condition attached to this cash injection is that ECANZ work towards financial self-sufficiency.

“The Education Council will be required to provide quarterly updates to the Minister on its financial position and progress, while the Ministry of Education will commission an independent review of the Council’s financial progress in a year’s time. The Minister will appoint a person with corporate finance expertise to the Education Council to help support its pathway to financial sustainability” Ms Parata said.

Sources of other revenue, in addition to that raised by increasing fees to teachers, could come for example from commercial businesses, private childcare companies, marketing companies, etc.

“This does not exactly fit with the Minister of Education’s words about helping teachers to take more ownership of their professional body,” said Dr Alexander.

 

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