One of the major benefits of teacher registration is that it assures quality. It keeps out pedophiles, rapists, thieves and other vermin.
Except it never has.
A teacher who was jailed after losing about $1.5 million of investors’ money in a failed Ponzi scheme has been censured and deregistered by the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.
Rene Alan Chalmers was sentenced in Auckland District Court in January last year to serve four years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to 14 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship, dishonestly using a document and making false statements to investors.
In a recently released decision, the tribunal said Chalmers’ offending was “dishonesty at the highest level”. “In our view, we would not be discharging our responsibilities to the public and the profession were we to allow this teacher to retain his registration.” Read more »