Skip to comments.Extra scrutiny of teachers against criminal convictions (police checks - "improving public safety")
Posted on 06/03/2011 7:46:49 PM PDT by Libloather
Extra scrutiny of teachers against criminal convictions
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.
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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But what is their system for determining guilt or innocence?