Nasuwt teachers' union criticises new education qualification
A NEW qualification for teachers has not been welcomed with open arms by Wales's largest teaching union.
Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews announced the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) yesterday.
He said: "High quality teaching is the key to improving learners' outcomes. This is why the Welsh Government is leading the way and funding the MEP. We want to ensure newly qualified teachers have the support and knowledge to equip them for the best start in their careers."
The MEP attracted 430 newly qualified teachers in its first year.
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However, Rex Phillips, NASUWT Wales organiser, said: "Regrettably, this is yet another example of the minister thinking that he knows best, but failing to appreciate the practicalities of introducing a new initiative.
"Understandably, many newly qualified teachers are focused on finding their feet at the start of their careers in what is a very demanding profession and this explains why over half of newly qualified teachers have decided to opt out of the masters. Nasuwt supports moves to enhance professional development for teachers, and hopes that the qualification has the substance and support that teachers who are pursuing it need and deserve."