The Teacher Union oppose Charter Schools because they will be able to use unregistered teachers. They tell us it is for the safety of the children that they want mandatory registration. Like these teachers, who presumably were all registered and therefore safe to teach the kids.
One Waikato teacher is under investigation by the New Zealand Teachers Council for sexual misconduct while almost 50 others have been convicted of various charges over the past two years.
Figures released under the Official Information Act show, of the 48 convictions for the region’s teachers since 2010, 30 were for alcohol and drugs, five for violence and one each for sexual and pornography offences.
As of July this year, there had already been 17 convictions handed down to Waikato teachers.
There were also 38 cases of teacher misconduct investigated, including five for sexual misconduct, four for violence and dishonesty and 22 for what was defined as “other”.
However, only four of these teachers had their registration cancelled, eight faced censure and, in 33 cases, no further action was taken.
Education lawyer and Secondary Principals’ Association president Patrick Walsh said the convictions were “extremely serious and very disappointing” and called for more rigorous vetting of school staff to reduce the number of teachers who “fall through the cracks”.
“I think any time a teacher is involved in a criminal offence is a serious matter because they’re in a position of high trust with children and they are supposed to be role models for young people.”
Once again Patrick Walsh shows how out of touch he and his union are.