If a school introduces digital technologies i.e. programming, databases etc… there is a case for both retraining staff and in some cases redundancy/advertising the positions. The relationship at senior levels between teaching typing and many of the older unit standards, and teaching digital technologies is about zero. Its like asking an English teacher to take Year 12 maths. If the teachers are not qualified then either serious retraining is required or the teacher should be made redundant. Not all teachers will be able to up-skill this requires 2-3 years of hard work just to gain limited understanding of what is required. The alternatives for a school are keep with Unit Standards, drop DT or use generic technology Achievement Standards… not great for aspiring computer scientists or ICT capable managers of the future. I suspect that seldom will schools consider making a teacher redundant for reasons of introducing DT….
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