A high school teacher who made an error in his students' NCEA
assessments let them do the test again and gave them the
The teacher told the students not to tell their parents or
anyone else what had happened.
A decision from the Teachers Council Disciplinary Tribunal
said the incident related to assessments of Year 10 students
The teacher, who was employed as head of department,
submitted work for moderation for 2012 NCEA credits, under a
standard which had expired in 2011.
The students would have to pay a fee of $76.50 and a late fee
of $50 to have the previous year's grades awarded, or re-sit
assessments under the new standard.
The teacher told the students their work could not be
credited because he had taught an old standard, and they
would need to pay a fee or re-sit the test.
In October 2012, five students re-sat the assessment and were
given answers by the teacher. Three students reported this to
the deputy principal.
The teacher resigned after an investigation. The students
were eventually awarded the expired credits so they would not
be disadvantaged through no fault of their own.
The teacher said he just wanted to the students to get the
credits they had already earned, without doing extra work. He
was censured and conditions were imposed on his practicing
certificate for three years.
In another decision released by the Teachers' Council today,
a principal was censured and deregistered for multiple
failings, including running the school finances into a
The first-time principal was appointed in 2009 following a
period where a limited statutory manager had been in charge
of the school.
In 2010 her relationship with the Board of Trustees broke
down to the point where the board was dissolved and a
The tribunal decision said a dysfunctional atmosphere had
developed at the school, with "unsavoury incidents and
serious allegations lain at the door of different camps".
The principal failed to maintain proper records, including
student assessment, attendance and achievement.
She also "unilaterally expanded the powers and
responsibilities of the cleaner/caretaker", who was her
partner. She also failed to use oversight of his use of
Her rental of a school-owned residence was in arrears, and
she had unexplained absences from work.
The principal resigned in 2012 and is no longer working as a
The tribunal agreed that if she does not relinquish her
registration by an agreed date, she will be censured and
In another decision, a teacher who did not declare two
convictions for benefit fraud has been censured and had her
registration cancelled. She also had previous convictions for
benefit fraud and drink-driving which were known to the
- By Heather McCracken of APNZ