Education Minister Hekia Parata says there are more checks in place now than when Robert Burrett was able to move from school to school, and the rules for teachers could now be extended to other staff in schools, including caretakers and bus drivers.
Fifteen years ago, Stephen Parry was Board Chair at Te Kuiti’s Pukenui School.
They tried firing Robert Burrett as Deputy Principal after claims of incompetence and drinking on the job.
But the NZEI union defended Burrett, who finally left the school following mediation and a confidential payout.
“The Union perhaps needs to ask itself why — if they knew what they did back in 2001 in terms of his inability or inappropriateness to teach — he was allowed to continue on in that role,” says Mr Parry.
While there was no evidence of inappropriate contact with children, he says the union was left in no doubt that Burrett was not fit to continue teaching.
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