The Union has written to AIS Chief Executive Geoff Newcombe to express the IEU’s dismay regarding recent information to schools about the payment of fees to the AIS accreditation authority (ISTAA) for the classification of Experienced Teacher.
Union members alerted the IEU at the end of last term about a Powerpoint presentation by their schools detailing the proposed Multi Enterprise Agreement (MEA). The presentation included a page specifically on the payment of ISTAA fees including ‘options’ for schools in meeting the $850 fee. The first five options provide methods for the teacher to meet the fee in whole or part. Only the sixth option suggests that the school could meet the fee. This is in stark contrast to the current arrangements where the overwhelming number of schools pay the fee to ISTAA.