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.