Last Saturday John Key, Simon Power and Anne Tolley voted against an amendment to the Education Act that would have moved to a presumption that teachers who are before the Teachers’ Council Disciplinary Tribunal would have their names published and the power to suppress victims names would be enhanced.
Some recent cases according to stuff :-
May: A married male teacher was deregistered after an 18-month sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female pupil.
June: A married male teacher who had an intimate relationship with a year 8 girl he called his “first true love” was deregistered.
August: A male teacher was deregistered after having a sexual relationship with a depressed 16-year-old female pupil.
October: A female teacher deregistered in Britain was censured in New Zealand for inappropriate sexual conduct with a male pupil and allowing pupils to drink in her home while she was employed in New Zealand.
I’m not sure that publishing names would stop a lot of abusive teachers but if it saves a kid or two then it must be a good thing.
I just don’t understand why the Nats didn’t support it. And as for Act – they have certainly changed since Coddington led the charge against suppression orders. Though we saw that with Rodney’s defence of Garrett.