|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.
Teacher bonuses part of Newman-led education overhaul, AAP, 8 April 2013 : http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/teacher-bonuses-part-of-newmanled-education-overhaul-20130408-2hh0z.html