Both the PPTA and NZEI have new presidents, both women, Angela Roberts and Judith Nowatraski.
Will they be smart enough to realise that the unions have no credibility until they speak out loudly and clearly on every example of teacher accountability such as below.
Two women who accused a male teacher of having sex with them failed in a bid to have their complaint heard in public.
The two former students of the man applied to the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal in 2011 for a public hearing of their case. They said they’d suffered serious consequences at his hands and a public hearing could force authorities to lay criminal charges.¬†
But the tribunal’s then chairman Kenneth Johnson declined their wish saying they’d not put forward a strong enough case. The hearing went ahead in private, as is usual, and a finding has not yet been released.
As highlighted by the¬†Herald on Sunday¬†last week, even publishing details of this decision is breaking the tribunal’s rules.
Or will they do what Duff and Leckie have done and look the other way.
Protecting their own is what this looks like. I’ll bet you the teacher in question is a union member…further I’ll bet he was registered too.