If it is revealed NZEI made the “deals” will they be accountable?

Chickens are coming home to roost now that convicted sex offender Robert Burrett is behind bars for 19 years.

The Ministry of Education says it’s now aware there were deals done around a convicted sex offender’s prior offences when he left a North Island school he worked at.

Robert Burrett was today sentenced to 19 and a half years for child sexual offences while working as a caretaker at two schools. The charges include; rape, sodomy, forced oral sex, and indecent assault on girls, some with special needs.

It’s now been revealed he may have taken a secret payout to leave Pukenui School after concerns about his behaviour.

But Ministry spokeswoman Katrina Casey told Larry Williams there was never any complaint of a sexual nature, until the one that sparked this investigation and ultimately got Burrett convicted.

“There were concerns or issues, or if you like, deals done around his competence – and drinking has been mentioned – [but] there was never, ever anything about sexual abuse,” Ms Casey said.

She said the reporting regimes have since changed and won’t allow something like this to happen again.

Ms Casey said the rules no longer allow a deal to be done, and a teacher or principal to leave under a cloud and not have that reported to the Education Council.

But deals were done, and if we find out it was the NZEI that facilitated those deals then they should be held as accountable as Robert Burrett for his offending.

Meanwhile, Burrett’s lawyer said the 65-year-old is “genuinely remorseful”.

I bet he is…remorseful he got caught.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education is offering her sympathies to the children abused by Burrrett.

Hekia Parata said it’s been a concerning incident and has alerted all school boards and principals to take every care.

She said she feels very sad for the victims and their families.

“Today doesn’t undo the harm, but I hope it brings some measure of comfort to them.

“I also want to acknowledge how incredibly brave they were in reporting this, because it now removes the possibility that this person could harm other children.”

Boards, trustees AND the teachers’ union have all helped let this creep get away with his behaviour for too long. They just sweep it all under the carpet and send them on their way with a glowing reference.


– NewstalkZB

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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.