More registered ratbag teachers, silence from teacher unions

The PPTA has come out strongly against Charter Schools today after the government announcement of the first schools.

“The evidence of just how destructive charter schools will be to our public education system is overwhelming. It beggars belief that we would introduce them here in the face of all the damage they have done to vulnerable students in communities overseas,” McIntosh said.

Charter schools will be fully taxpayer funded profit-making private schools, with limited protections for students, operating in secret without little or no representation by parents and little oversight to ensure taxpayer funds are spent appropriately.

“There has been no transparency, no honesty and no electoral mandate. Handing students over to untrained teachers who don’t have to offer the New Zealand curriculum is a social experiment driven by ideology, not research. It is the Act Party’s desperate attempt to ‘unleash the forces of the market’ in the education sector,” she said.

They haven’t produced any of that evidence they claim exists, and in fact what evidence that has been produced has been shown to be manipulated.

They haven’t issued a press release though about these ratbags…all registered, some retaining their registration… 

A teacher convicted of defrauding her school’s rowing club of more than $40,000 has been allowed to keep her professional registration.

Former Takapuna Grammar teacher Nova Camp, 54, was sentenced to more than seven months’ home detention when she appeared before the North Shore District Court in February.

She was also ordered to repay the stolen money at $80 a fortnight. That will take more than 19 years.

The Teachers’ Council’s disciplinary tribunal censured her and ordered her to make any prospective employer aware of her offending until she has completed repaying the money.

It stopped short of cancelling her registration after deciding the chance of reoffending was remote and she would be less likely to repay the club if unable to work as a teacher.

Nice and she is repaying at $80 a fortnight and it will take 20 years for her to repay the school from which she stole. The Teachers’ Council is out to lunch.

But wait there are more.

In another case, a teacher convicted of indecently assaulting a boy while working as a cricket coach was deregistered. Kevin Fraser Keys was convicted in December 2012 of two charges of indecently assaulting a boy between the ages of 12 and 16. The incidents occurred between 1979 and 1981.

According to the police summary of facts, Keys said the offending happened when he was sexually confused. He acknowledged that he “probably knowingly took advantage of a naive and immature youth”. He was censured and deregistered.

The tribunal has also censured or deregistered three other teachers:

A teacher convicted of performing an indecent act outside his neighbour’s window in September 2011 was deregistered. The tribunal said it hoped he would “take the steps necessary to achieve a fresh start in life, and possibly pave the way to rejuvenating his career as a teacher”.

An unregistered teacher convicted in August 2012 of violently attacking his partner was censured. He is undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and is not currently teaching, but has “aspirations to return to the classroom“.

A teacher convicted of nine serious drug offences was censured and his registration cancelled. The teacher no longer intended to pursue a teaching career.

The Teachers’ Council is only dealing with these now? Some years after problems were highlighted.

The opposition to charter schools on the basis of teacher registration would seem to be a foolish thing to do. Almost daily in the nations newspaper we see proof that the union way of doing things is failing.

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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. 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.

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