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Aladdin takes shape Slugging it out P18 P5 ASHBURTON Monday, August 19, 2013 Since Sept 1879 THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF MID CANTERBURY Retail $1.40 Home delivered from 90c Discredited Planting for the future teachers may be named Mid Canterbury volunteers yesterday mucked in to plant 2000 native plants and cap off a three-year project to protect the district’s conservation. BY MYLES HUME MYLES.H@THEGUARDIAN.CO.NZ A former Ashburton College employee being investigated by the teachers’ council could be named if suppression orders around discredited teachers change. A former male teacher of the college is being investigated by the council’s complaints assessment committee for inappropriate behaviour which he resigned over in May. If the teacher’s conduct is considered serious enough, he could be put before the Disciplinary Tribunal, but if found guilty: “to protect students, the outcomes are normally confidential unless there is a need to inform the teacher’s employer”. However, that could soon change after a parliamentary select committee found the suppression of teachers’ names was not in accordance with the Education Act and it recommended clearer rules around the openness of tribunal hearings. That would allow the publication of details and the names of badly behaved teachers. Mount Hutt College principal John Schreurs said his personal view of name suppression was that it should be lifted if the person was found guilty of committing an offence as “people need to be aware”. However, he insisted it needed to be handled carefully. “You don’t want the situation of always having to publish names if that was insisted on because then people would know the affected students and the schools affected as well, which could have a bigger detrimental affect on the school than the person themselves.” The teachers’ council is reportedly going to meet in the next two weeks to talk about its next step following the recommendation. A decision on the future of the former Ashburton College teacher is expected in about two months, when the complaints assessment committee will either refer the matter on to the Disciplinary Tribunal or, if the teacher and school agree, conditions could be imposed on the teacher’s practicing certificate. Former All Black Jock Ross and his grandsons Jonty, 7, and Jackson, 9, help with the Living Legends cam180813-JJ-001 paign near Ashburton yesterday. FULL STORY BRINGING PRICES DOWN! DAILY BREAD 600g varieties 5 R O 4F $ OR $1.39 ea Weather: High 12˚ - Overnight 5˚ Page 26 Puzzles: Page 21 RING DONUTS MINCE SAVOURIES 12 PACK FROZEN Limit 5 19/08/13 to 25/08/13 Television: Page 23 Ph 03 307 7900 to subscribe! $ .00 6 for 19/08/13 to 25/08/13 P3 6 Save 4 $ .00 BAK ER IES $ .99 3 Save 2 $ .00 While stocks last. Open 7 Days. 7.30am - 6.00pm. 110 East St, Ashburton • Ph: 03 308 8487 Family Notices: Page 22

Ashburton Guardian, August 19 2013

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