NZPPTANew Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association
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On top of other undergraduate courses already introduced by the Department to alleviate the staffing crisis, Division D was not welcomed by the NZPPTA. This group was committed to the objective of securing a graduate secondary teaching profession and stood firm in its belief that the cumulative effect of the undergraduate courses was detrimental to the needs of the school students.
Fletcher's account of the Christchurch College of Education, however, notes the opposition of the NZPPTA to the course and 'a good deal of unhappiness' over the fact that the title Division D carried with it 'connotations of failure'.
They became members of the teaching profession on enrolment, took up superannuation, could become members of NZPPTA and were subject to disciplinary regulations as employees of the Education Board.
However, the Department's decision to institute Division D was reached without consultation with the NZPPTA, whose sustained condemnation of the course during its brief history was powerful and most explicitly expressed in annual conference resolutions to oppose it and to agitate for it to be discontinued.
(57) There were even those amongst the antagonistic NZPPTA who endorsed such views.
(69) They were also considered by the NZPPTA executive to constitute an unwelcome time cost to associate teachers in the schools, to such an extent that, as members of the Association, such teachers were urged not 'to accept instructions concerning Division D students' without reporting such instances to their executive committee.
(28) Cited NZPPTA, Lost Opportunities: secondary school staffing, Wellington, G.
(31) NZPPTA, 'Open letter to the executive' , 1961, p.