Red tape, paperwork and administrative overload are common obstacles identified by professionals in the public education system that can distract them from their core mandate – supporting students.
Educators have told us there is too much paperwork to fill out and too many forms to fill in. This frustration is combined with the perception that the overall legislative and policy framework is too restrictive. Teachers do not have the flexibility to respond to student needs and time that they do have is often eaten up by administrative and bureaucratic burden.
In order to tackle this problem, we want to hear from you – teachers, educational assistants and other professionals across the system. We want to hear from students and parents as well. What prevents teachers from supporting their students? What keeps principals and administrators from being innovative and taking risks?
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) is launching the first public education red tape challenge. We would like to hear from you on areas for improvement – whether it is the Education Act, regulation or policy or a particular practice unique to your school district or school.