The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has censured and cancelled the registration of a teacher who failed to report convictions to the Education Council.  The teacher was convicted of five offences of dishonesty. This was for not advising the Ministry of Social Development that she was working and earning money when she was receiving a benefit.  The teacher failed to report those convictions to the Education Council.

The Disciplinary Tribunal decided that the convictions and the failure to report adversely reflected on the teacher’s fitness to teach and, when coupled with 11 further dishonesty offences in her prior history, meant that she could not be trusted to maintain professional standards and to teach and model positive values to her students.

Alan Knowsley

Education Lawyer Wellington