Burch Rejects TQI Review
ACT Minister for Education, Joy Burch, has declined our request for a review of the TQI Act.
Following a resolution from Executive, Glenn Fowler wrote to the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, in June to request a review of the TQI Act.
Mr Barr referred this request to the Education Minister, Joy Burch, who has rejected it.
AEU ACT Branch Executive Resolution Calling For Review of the TQI Act
Glenn’s letter to the Chief Minister included the resolution passed by Branch Executive at its meeting on April 28.
AEU ACT Branch Executive confirms its support for the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) as an important contributor to the enhancement of the status of the teaching profession.
On the 5th anniversary of the ACT Teacher Quality Institute Act 2010, AEU ACT Executive considers it timely that the TQI Act should be reviewed and accordingly calls on the ACT Government to approve and facilitate a review of the Act. The review should include a comparison of teacher registration requirements across all Australian jurisdictions in order to identify where ACT teachers sit in relation to their interstate counterparts.
In addition, the review should look at:
- The current requirement for part-time teachers to complete the same number of recognised PL hours (20 per year) as teachers employed on a full-time basis;
- The current requirement for casual relief teachers to complete the same number of recognised PL hours (20 per year) as teachers employed on a full-time basis; and
- The current requirement for some PL to be accredited as opposed to teacher-identified.
The review should be completed by the end of 2015.
Minister Burch’s Response
Minister Burch replied to Glenn on behalf the Chief Minister and rejected our request for a review of the TQI Act.
Minister Burch’s position and our response will be considered at July 25 Branch Council.