Ex-teacher faces serious misconduct charge

Last updated 11:17 24/06/2014

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A former primary and intermediate school teacher has been charged with serious misconduct under the Education Act.

The woman, who has name suppression, grabbed, hit and slapped children under her care to make them concentrate. Despite warnings, she continued to abuse pupils from 2008 to 2013.

The chairperson of the Board of Trustrees at her school notified the New Zealand Teachers Council after the woman resigned following the allegations.

Her teaching registration and practising certificate had expired, and she did not wish to renew them.

In a letter to the council secretary, the woman denied the misconduct but said she was prepared to apologise to the complainant if required.

The board described her as dedicated and well liked by colleagues, and did not think she had acted maliciously or with intent to cause harm to students.

She did not appear at the hearing because her husband was unwell.

The council said its options for discipline were limited because the woman did not want to return to teaching.

It served her with unspecified costs claimed by the complainant.

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