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NEWS RELEASE · 6th July 2011
BC Conservative Party
Protecting students is not a priority of Clark’s Liberal Government

John Cummins, Leader of BC’s Conservatives, demanded to know why Christy Clark’s Liberal government has failed to protect students by allowing the College of Teachers to wipe clean the records of suspended or dismissed teachers.

“Teachers that are drunk in class, engage in violence, surf child pornography or swear at students have no place in our classrooms,” said Cummins. “The College of Teachers is wiping records clean letting teachers fired or suspended for unacceptable and dangerous behaviour be hired in other schools. Protecting students is not a priority of this Liberal government. I was a teacher and I know that my former colleagues must be outraged to learn that teachers who abused students or drank in the classroom did not lose the privilege to teach.”

“Parents entrust their children to the public school system and need to be sure that teachers do not have a history of violence or abuse towards students. The Liberal government has failed students and parents. When a teacher kicks or touches a student in an inappropriate manner and the only discipline handed out is a letter of reprimand, it shows the system is designed to protect teachers, not students.”

“A new BC Conservative government will ensure that teachers who cross the line are forbidden from teaching in BC again. The College of Teachers will be required to maintain records of all infractions on a teacher’s permanent record.”