18 Aug 2013

Otago academic agrees with naming teachers

8:57 pm on 18 August 2013

An Otago University law professor is backing a select committee's call for the names of teachers found guilty of serious misconduct to be made public.

Parliament's Regulations Review Select Committe is recommending the Teachers Council change rules that automatically suppress the details of its disciplinary hearings.

Professor Mark Henaghan says the process needs to be open to the public. He says the general principle should be one of knowing if someone has done something wrong and what the consequences are.

Mark Henaghan says suppression should be decided on a case by case basis and he's not aware of any other disciplinary tribunals that automatically suppress the details of hearings.

The Teachers Council will consider the select committee's recommendation later this month.