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Jenny Marcroft’s bill would have fined people up to $2000 if they called themselves a ‘teacher’ without holding a teaching degree: photo NZ Herald

New Zealand First has abandoned a bill that might have stopped swimming, ballet and art teachers calling themselves “teachers”.

List MP Jenny Marcroft said she agreed to withdraw her Education (Protecting Teacher Title) Amendment Bill “after a positive discussion between NZ First and the office of the Minister of Education”.

The bill, originally introduced in 2016 by now-Children’s Minister Tracey Martin when she was in Opposition, would have?banned using the word “teacher” without a teaching degree, with a fine of up to $2000 for infringements.

National Party education spokeswoman Nikki Kaye said “a huge number of people” protested against the bill online.

-NZ Herald