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Extra scrutiny of teachers against criminal convictions (police checks - "improving public safety")
News.com.au ^ | 6/04/11 | Evonne Barry

Posted on 06/03/2011 7:46:49 PM PDT by Libloather

Extra scrutiny of teachers against criminal convictions
Evonne Barry
Sun June 04, 2011 12:00AM

ALL Victorian teachers will undergo annual police checks under strict new registration rules due to be introduced this year.

Industry regulator the Victorian Institute of Teaching will write to about 115,000 teachers in coming months to explain the new measures aimed at "improving public safety".

Under current laws, teachers are checked for criminal convictions every five years - using police records across all states and territories.

**SNIP**

Since the VIT was established in 2002, 49 Victorian teachers have had their registrations automatically cancelled after being found guilty of a sexual offence.

Ms Saba said that over the past three years, one teacher had had their registration cancelled after a formal hearing instigated by a criminal record check.

Education Minister Martin Dixon said "student safety is our No.1 priority".

"This new system of ongoing record checking in Victoria is an extra safety measure to ensure that (in) the very rare cases where a teacher has allegedly committed an offence, it will be detected in a timely manner," he said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assault; criminal; police; teachers
Someone gets it.
1 posted on 06/03/2011 7:46:58 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Since the VIT was established in 2002, 49 Victorian teachers have had their registrations automatically cancelled after being found guilty of a sexual offence.

But what is their system for determining guilt or innocence?

2 posted on 06/03/2011 8:05:36 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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