Nice to see Trevor supports removal of Name Suppression

Five teachers disciplined for offences ranging from sex with students to watching porn in a classroom have had their identities protected as calls to “name and shame” grow.

And I call for the name and shame to happen, otherwise we just have yet another cosy arrangement of the establishment looking after pornographers, kiddy fiddlers and perverts.

The details of the ruling against the teachers were published by the Teachers’ Council this week. Two teachers disciplined for misconduct could be back teaching next year. The cases include:

A married male teacher struck off for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student for 18 months.

A male teacher struck off after being caught cruising a public toilet for sex;

A female teacher struck off after being caught claiming the DPB while working;

A female teacher suspended for a year for showing porn to a colleague in a class of 5-year-olds;

A female teacher warned for slapping and hitting 7-year-old students.

The rulings prompted fresh calls for an end to the secret nature of the Teachers’ Council.

This is worse than court ordered name suppression because the Teachers Council are a law unto themselves and in some instances have hidden the name of the teacher concerned despite there being no court ordered name suppression.

Labour education spokesman Trevor Mallard said the council should be moving towards more openness with the public and parents.

“In the end the presumption should be towards openness, and naming is part of the punishment. If you do something that is that serious that you are suspended or struck off, then that should be a matter that is public.”

Trevor Mallard is quite right, and if it applies to rulings from the Teachers Council then I see no reason why it shouldn’t apply across the board to our justice system. Thanks Trevor for you call for openness. Of course I don’t hold much stead in Mallard’s opinion because he is also on record as wanting information about school National Standards Assessments more secret than the SIS.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.