Education unions excluded from AITSL board
Teachers are the ones affected by the AITSL Professional Standards but it is teachers who are yet excluded in the latest Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) board appointments.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the failure to include Independent Education Union (IEU) and Australian Education Union (AEU) representatives on the board was beyond short-sighted.
“The IEU has never had a board position but prior to the latest announcement the AEU was at least represented on the AITSL board.
“Now they are ignored too,” Mr Burke said.
“Education Minister Christopher Pyne said in his announcement of the new appointments that it was ‘critical’ that the board had ‘the right mix of skills and expertise’ to deliver the work AITSL is tasked with.
“It seems very misguided then not to include representatives from at least one education union on the board of a body which exists to promote “excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership’”, Mr Burke said.
“In addition to the government failing to ensure teacher interests are represented at a board level – there has also been suggestion that the presence of education unions on AITSL sub-committees may also be in doubt.
“This would be an appalling move given the latest announcement and we sincerely hope that reassurances from the chair of the board, John Hattie, that this is in fact not the case, are true.
“Minister Pyne’s announcement noted that ‘AITSL will continue to consult broadly across the sector with peak bodies as it implements changes to initial teacher education’.
“Our union and the AEU, will be holding him to the Minister to his word on this to ensure teachers have a direct voice on any changes impacting the professional and the quality of education in this country,” Mr Burke said.