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NCJ Number: 134670 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Teachers? (From Crime at School: Seminar Proceedings, 1987, Canberra, Australia, P 185-191, 1987, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-134653)
Author(s): P Mares
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: A few teachers in Australia have been charged and later convicted of criminal offenses in or out of school.
Abstract: Such offenses include assault, larceny, forgery, breaking and entering, and drug use. In South Australia, the Education Act contains several clauses that bear on the moral standing of teachers. For example, under Section 26, the Director General can recommend the dismissal of a teacher on the grounds of disgraceful or improper conduct. Under Section 61, the Teachers' Registration Board is charged with determining whether someone is a fit and proper person to be registered as a teacher. As in any organization, the need to balance educational system needs and employee rights is important. At issue are three basic questions: what offenses should the educational system and parents treat as primary concerns; at what stage and for how long should these offenses be the subject of concern; and what action should be taken so that the duty of care can be exercised. It is pointed out that evidence presented by reputable members of the teaching profession is not sufficient to substantiate a charge of improper conduct. The evidence of students themselves who allegedly experienced harassment or other criminal actions of teachers is always essential to a successful case. Further, any teacher must be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; Professional misconduct
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; South Australia; Students
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