Teacher's case to go before committee
The New Zealand Teachers' Council has received a complaint from Timaru Girls' High School regarding the conduct of one of its teachers.
A council spokesperson, in response to an Official Information Act request by The Timaru Herald, said the mandatory report had recently been filed, and was immediately referred to the Complaints Assessment Committee.
The committee will consider the complaint at its next meeting, at the end of November or early December.
Employers need to make a mandatory report when a teacher is dismissed for any reason, or if a teacher resigns from a teaching position within a year of an investigation or complaint about his or her conduct or competence.
The school board's chairwoman, Michelle Martin, confirmed on September 23 that an investigation was under way, but would not release any details, citing privacy issues.
On October 4, Ms Martin wrote that "the matter under investigation at Timaru Girls' High is now concluded, and the board of trustees has no further comment to make and will be making no further comment".
The Teachers Council has referred 20 cases to the Complaints Assessment Committee from South Canterbury over the last five years.
Depending on the committee's findings, a case may be referred to the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.
Of the 20 South Canterbury cases, four were referred to the tribunal.
If the case ultimately went to the tribunal, recently reviewed suppression rules may result in some details being made public, if it was deemed in the interests of the profession, the school and the public to do so.
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