I am all for innovation in education, but I am not quite sure what would be achieved by allowing students to interview perspective teachers. One might say that children have a very strong grasp of the type of teacher they work best with. But just wait a minute. Isn’t it the responsibility of management to understand the needs of their students? Surely putting children on the selection panel is an admission that the people in charge are too out of touch to properly understand the needs and preferences of their students:
Panels of students are being used to interview and hire teachers at Victorian schools.
The move has been applauded by the Victorian Student Representative Council but the Australian Education Union said students did not have the “depth of knowledge” to decide who was employed at schools.
VSRC young media spokeswoman Tess Shacklock, who sits on a student selection panel at Templestowe College, said students provided an important and different perspective.
“It’s the students who are being taught by the teachers so it’s important that students have a say in whether they are employed. You get a good idea of a person when you look at their resume, but when you see them in a room you really see how they interact.”
The Year 12 student said some prospective teachers were visibly nervous when they sat in front of the young panel.
Melton West Primary School, Eltham High School and St Helena Secondary College are among a handful of Victorian schools that also use student selection panels.
Teachers vying for a job at St Helena Secondary College are interviewed by a panel of teachers and then another made up of three students who are in years 9 to 12. The students share their notes with the other panel at the end of the day.
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