Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
106
Title
Review the accreditation process for graduate teachers
Grievance
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the ambiguity of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. The Act clearly sets out obligations for the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) in teacher accreditation to ensure fair and equitable assessment of graduate teachers for accreditation as fully proficient teachers. The VIT insists that all decisions affecting accreditation rest with a school principal, who does not need to provide any evidence to justify their decisions. This sole reliance on arbitrary approval or objection of a graduate’s accreditation enables corrupt favouritism, hidden discrimination and defamation, which contradicts public sector values. The lack of relevant wording in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 leaves the Victorian Ombudsman helpless in resolving grievances made against DET or VIT. As evidenced in the recent National Review of Teacher Registration by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/national-review-of-teacher-registration), teacher registration needs to be made more equitable and consistent across the state. Furthermore, the review emphasised the lack of opportunities for graduate teachers to fulfil all requirements within legally set timeframes. This discriminates against graduates who are unemployed or underemployed.
Action
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to establish a Committee to investigate, in consultation with stakeholders, the accreditation process for graduate teachers, including appropriate assessors, the criteria that should be applied consistently to evaluate proficiency, appropriate timeframes based on the availability of employment opportunities and the current supports offered by the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Institute of Teaching that should become legal obligations, with the view of informing new legislation to amend the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
Closing Date
2019-09-05
Not tabled signatures
28
Total signatures including previously tabled
28

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Status
Open
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