Apparently requiring police checks for teachers and people assisting at schools will affect the poorest schools…
A proposed charge on criminal checks will hit poorer school communities hardest, a teacher union says.
The Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) has added its voice to protestations from charities and volunteer groups.
Police check for any criminal history before a teacher is registered, and schools can also use police vetting for other staff such as coaches or teacher aides.
Such vetting is currently free but will cost $5 to $7 under a proposed law change that would allow the Government to charge for police services.
Appearing before a select committee, PPTA president Angela Roberts said police vetting was a public good, and should not be charged for.
To improve children’s safety every effort should be made to expand the number of cases where police vetting is used, Ms Roberts said. Charging for the service would likely lead to a drop in demand. ¬† ¬† Read more »