Education Committee says New Legislation is Essential to Address Dysfunction within Teaching Council
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Date: 26 May 2021
The Assembly’s Education Committee has today called on the Minister for Education to bring forward urgent legislation to address a range of regulatory and operational issues within the General Teaching Council NI (GTCNI).
Today’s call follows a recent GTCNI briefing to the Committee which revealed that even though it’s currently in ‘Special Measures’, serious governance and operational issues continue within the organisation.
Speaking today, the Committee Chairperson Chris Lyttle MLA said: “While my Committee has welcomed the Minister’s recent announcement of an independent review into governance and operational issues at the GTCNI, we remain unconvinced that this alone will remedy the ongoing dysfunction within the organisation.
“The current regulatory framework within the GTCNI is severely deficient. If the organisation is to recover and rebuild then it must be provided with the power to impose an adequate range of sanctions to address teacher misconduct. This will require new primary legislation, and we are dismayed to learn that this could now be delayed until 2022/23.”
Mr Lyttle concluded: “Until new and comprehensive legislation is drawn up and enacted, the organisation cannot adequately support teachers, and this is potentially putting our children and young people at serious risk.
“We are today calling on the Minister to prioritise and bring forward this necessary legislation. The safeguarding and protection of our children and young people is paramount and at the very core of this extremely serious issue.”
Notes to Editor:
Chris Lyttle MLA (Chairperson)
Pat Sheehan MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Maurice Bradley MLA
Nicola Brogan MLA
Robbie Butler MLA
William Humphrey MLA
Daniel McCrossan MLA
Justin McNulty MLA
Robin Newton MLA
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