The Teacher’s Disciplinary Tribunal has cancelled a teacher’s practicing certificate after she was convicted for fraud.

The teacher had a history of fraud offences and had been previously suspended by the Tribunal for 12 months.

After she got her practicing certificate back and began working, the teacher did not tell the Ministry for Social Development that she was earning an income. Over four months, the teacher was paid over $7,000 that she was not entitled to.

The Tribunal noted the teacher’s pattern of offending and emphasised its duty to protect the public. Despite the teacher’s involvement in the Tribunal process, letters of support, and commitment to rehabilitation, the Tribunal decided to cancel her registration.

The Tribunal held that rehabilitation was unlikely in this case, and that, in the past, suspension had not served to protect the public. Cancellation was the only appropriate option.

Teaching is a profession that requires the person involved to be a role model to the children around them. Any acts of dishonesty may lead to significant consequences.

If you have concerns that a school employee has been involved in acts of dishonesty, it is wise to speak with a professional experienced in the area.

Leading law firms committed to helping clients cost-effectively will have a range of fixed-priced Initial Consultations to suit most people’s needs in quickly learning what their options are.  At Rainey Collins we have an experienced team who can answer your questions and put you on the right track.

Alan Knowsley
Education Lawyer