QCT elections recognise the profession
The current elections for the Queensland College of Teachers’ (QCT) Board are a positive recognition of the professionalism of the sector IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said today.
The current term of appointment of the QCT Board concludes at the end of 2015. As such, teachers in both state and non-government schools across Queensland are currently voting to elect three practising teachers then for a new term starting in January 2016 for up to three years.
Of the three elected practising teachers, two must be from the state school sector and one from the non-state school sector.
Mr Burke said the fact that practising teachers are now balloting to elect three of their own to the governing board should be celebrated in light of changes proposed by the former state LNP government.
“Under the former state government’s proposal, the current board of practising teachers was to be replaced by a panel of experts.
“This would have stripped ownership of the QCT from practising teachers.
“Thankfully, under the new state government this proposal was rejected and the ballots remain a concrete expression of the profession with practising teachers shown professional respect by being part of the governance.
A QCT Board member works with other Board members to ensure the QCT’s strategic direction is consistent with its legislative requirements to uphold the standards of the teaching profession, maintain public confidence in the teaching profession, and protect the public by ensuring education in schools is provided in a professional and competent way by approved teachers.
The collective voice of non-government teachers must be heard to help shape education policy for non-government sector teachers in Queensland.
Ahead of the election members were encouraged to submit an expression of interest for our union’s support of their candidacy. After considering expressions of interest from a number of members, our governing Council endorsed support for Bev Day.
Whilst a number of members of our union are worthy candidates, members are encouraged to vote for Bev Day who has nominated for the position of Practising Teacher on the Board from a non-state school.
Bev has been a longstanding and committed member of our union for more than 25 years.
A teacher at St Edward the Confessor School since 1984, Bev has been part of various professional organisations and committees including an Ordinary Sessional Member at QCAT, a proxy to the QCT Board and member of the Australian Resources Educator’s Association for 20 years.
She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Education Administration and a Graduation Diploma in Special Education.
As Logan Branch Representative to Council and Member of Logan Branch Executive, she consistently aims to ensure members’ issues, both industrial and professional, are heard.
Bev is a current contributor and member of our union’s Organising and Campaigning Committee which helps inform, shape and craft campaigns and our collective responses to emerging professional issues and trends.
“If elected as a practising teacher member of the board, I will contribute my broad knowledge and experience to upholding high standards, maintaining public confidence in the teaching profession and protecting the public and the profession,” she said.
All Queensland registered teachers are eligible to vote in the election. Voting materials were posted on 21 August 2015 to each registered teacher at their address shown in the QCT records.
The postal ballot will close at 10am on Friday 18 September 2015.