The ‘worst kind of misconduct’ and all while registered too

Yet another teacher has wound up before the courts despite the much vaunted teacher registration protecting the kids as the unions and Labour party claim:

A south Auckland principal has been struck off for faking documents, in what authorities describe as the “worst kind of misconduct“.

Jenny Leach was censured by the NZ Disciplinary Tribunal, and her registration was cancelled.

She had been the principal at Fergusson Intermediate School in Otara for 22 years – as part of her job she was required to take part in an annual performance review.

In 2014 she completed her own appraisal, and fraudulently signed it with her husband’s name.

Leach’s husband, Michael Leach, was at the time principal of the prestigious King’s College.

Not very nice roping your husband into this. Shows just how dishonest she is.

An investigation by the tribunal uncovered that he had in fact neither written nor signed his wife’s appraisal.

The tribunal noted that Leach’s behaviour “struck at the heart of the expectation for honesty and integrity that teachers owe the public.

“Her deception had the potential to bypass the standards and processes put in place to ensure high quality teaching and learning.

“We consider this to be a clear-cut example of the worst kind of misconduct for which the maximum penalty of cancellation is reserved.”

The tribunal also noted that regardless of the fraud, it would have been unusual for a principal’s appraisal to be carried out by their spouse.

I’m surprised she wasn’t charged with forgery or fraud.



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