A teacher has been charged by the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal for having inappropriate material on his school computer that was able to be seen by students at the school.

When asked to unlock the school laptop the teacher refused to do so, and failed to cooperate with the school and the Complaints Assessment Committee to allow them access to the information.

The teacher had encrypted the computer so that any attempts to access its hard drive without the required passwords and finger print would destroy the information held on the hard drive.

The Tribunal held that the teacher’s actions adversely affected the wellbeing and learning of the students, and adversely reflected on his fitness to be a teacher. The teacher’s conduct was also held to bring the teaching profession into disrepute.

The Tribunal censured the teacher and temporarily suspended his practising certificate.