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RIP teachers’ autonomy

Labour is tonight in mourning for the autonomy teachers have lost over their own profession with the passing of the Education Amendment Bill, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

"Education Minister Hekia Parata’s new law is the final nail in the coffin for teachers wanting representation on their own professional body.

"It is hard to imagine National would try to remove lawyers from the Law Society or doctors from the Association of Medical Specialists.

"Labour believes the new Education Council should have democratically-elected teachers on it. Such organisations are an important part of a fully-functioning democracy.

"It is fine for the Education Council to have members who have different perspectives but it mustn’t be a body of National cronies.

"This is heavy-handedness by Hekia Parata is the latest in a string of bad decisions by the minister which have led to disastrous changes to the education sector including charter schools, Novopay and national standards.

"It’s time for National to call truce in its war on teachers," Chris Hipkins says.