Number of teachers fired from public schools on the rise

Apr 9, 2018 by

By Pallavi Singhal & Nigel Gladstone –

Teachers are being dismissed for being inefficient at their job at nearly three times the rate of previous years, and sexual misconduct remains one of the top reasons teachers are sacked.

Last year, 11 teachers in NSW government schools were dismissed or allowed to resign following proven allegations of sexual misconduct with students, and two were dismissed for sexual misconduct which didn’t involve students, including a casual teacher who was convicted of rape.

A total of 57 teachers, including 16 casual teachers, were dismissed in 2017, which is nearly double the 32 dismissals in 2008.

Four teachers were also sacked for offences related to child abuse material, including a casual teacher who was convicted of producing, disseminating and possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote the material.

Another 23 teachers were dismissed or allowed to resign after being deemed inefficient, compared to eight teachers in 2016 and six in 2015, according to NSW Department of Education data.

Source: Number of teachers fired from public schools on the rise

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