The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has decided not to cancel the registration of a teacher who was found guilty of stealing funds as the Treasurer of her Teachers Union.  The District Court had convicted the teacher and sentenced her to six months supervision.

The Disciplinary Tribunal accepted that because the teacher accepted her guilt, the offending was caused by serious whānau stress and that she had repaid the money, it could impose a sentence less than cancellation.

The teacher was censured and had conditions imposed on her registration for two years.  During that time she is to hold no position of financial responsibility and safeguards must be in place where she is working for her support and the protection of the school.

Alan Knowsley
Education Lawyer