Crevits “shocked” by amount of admin teachers face
New Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits, the daughter of teachers, wants to improve the situation of teachers in the region, who she says are bogged down by paperwork and excessive rules
Both of Crevits’ parents were teachers, and she feels a special connection to education, she said, and detects “a deep-rooted feeling of being undervalued”.
Surveys show, however, that three out of four Flemings have confidence in teachers. “A good deal more than most other professional groups,” said Crevits. “I want to strengthen that confidence in the coming years. But I also want teachers to know that they are valued and have our confidence.”
Part of that work will include cutting down on administration for teachers and making teaching plans simpler. “A report was published last year, with recommendations,” she said. A reporting line for excessive paperwork is already in place, where teachers can report cases of what the minister called “regulationitis”.
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