Bum note for mu­sic teach­ers


Spe­cial­ist mu­sic teach­ers say they will walk away from their jobs and aban­don stu­dents if the new Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil in­sists on what they see as overly bu­reau­cratic rules to main­tain their regis­tra­tion.

The mu­sic teach­ers are be­ing told they must un­der­take a self­funded Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion Re­fresh pro­gramme and a men­tor­ing pro­gramme based around class­room teach­ing - even though they class­rooms.

One cello teacher, who did not want to be named, said the 12 week course in­cluded a four week full-time class­room place­ment and would have cost her thou­sands of dol­lars, and a loss of in­come for the du­ra­tion.

The course would only give her an­other three years of pro­vi­sional regis­tra­tion be­fore she had to do it all again.

She and other mu­sic teach­ers have said they will be forced to don’t teach in give up teach­ing.

The old Teach­ers Coun­cil handed over re­spon­si­bil­ity of reg­is­ter­ing and dis­ci­plin­ing teach­ers to the Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil last year.

While a num­ber of mu­sic teach­ers are not reg­is­tered, those teach­ers who have a pro­vi­sional regis­tra­tion have been told they must com­plete the new course.

The teach­ers union is call­ing the is­sue an­other blow to an al­ready strug­gling mu­sic pro­gramme in schools.

Itin­er­ant mu­sic teach­ers are bat­tling Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil re­quire­ments to stay in their jobs.

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