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Campbell Newman plans to remove Queensland Teachers' Union representatives from the principal selection process.

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman plans to "allow the school community to play a greater role in the principal selection process by removing union representatives from selection panels.’’



Robina Cosser says - removing the QTU representative from promotion selection panels is probably a good move.


I have often wondered if the QTU representative introduced a conflict of interest into the selection process.


Would the QTU representative tend to favour Labor party or QTU 'activists'?




But a greater community role in the selection panels?


I have some doubts about allowing local communities more control over their school.


If the local community valued education and were educated themselves, they would be able to make good decisions for their school.


But what if the school was in a less advantaged area where most people were not engaged in work?


Wouldn't the 'disadvantaged' children at that school be doubly-disadvantaged because decisions concerning their education were being made by people who had no experience of education and no experience of work?




I noticed that some Queensland school P and C's were largely run by the school office staff - who were employed by the principal.


So 'the community' consisted of a small group of people who needed to keep the principal happy.


In effect, 'the community' was the school principal.


Who might not him/her self be particularly intelligent or literate.


So - I have some doubts about local community control of schools.



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Reply Firebullies
9:05 AM on April 27, 2015 
Community control of schools freaks me out.
Regional areas and small towns will suffer the most from group think and desperateness to please any hand that feeds them.
Reply Disgruntled
11:19 PM on April 11, 2013 
Spot on Peggy! Also, most of the incumbent principals are union members. The union wouldn't be in a position to be genuinely critical, so would often offer support to people who may not be well suited to the top job in a school. Such is the politics in schools : /
Reply Peggy
7:05 PM on April 11, 2013 
I have never witnessed a genuine election of a Union Rep in Qld. It appears to me that a person is nominated to the position and this person may pay lip service to the role. I will grant that they usually have some underlying belief in the role of representing the 'group'. BUT in every case I have noted that they are, in fact a fairly close member of the Principal's 'community'. As such I have usually noted that they are inclined to resolve conflict by either submission, avoidance or at most compromise ( where nobody is happy).

For whatever reason, the staff in schools tend to quietly accept this process.

My suspicion is that selection panels are established by the Principal and will usually include people - whether they be community, Union or staff, who are more likely to be supportive of the 'company' decision. I don't know that it has to do with experience, though undoubtably one could expect this to help. I suspect it is far more related to do with dictatorship - benevolent or otherwise.

But then...don't all political parties try to do exactly the same thing? And consider how awry it goes when someone from the 'company' dares to disagree.