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Should people with criminal convictions be allowed to teach?

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Brett Henebery | 27 May 2016, 09:22 AM Agree 0
A tribunal’s ruling recently allowed a convicted drug smuggler to teach in Victorian schools – but some have protested the decision.
  • Jack | 27 May 2016, 12:37 PM Agree 0
    What a depressing world we would live in if we didn't recruit teachers with "life" experience. What message does it send to children if those that break the law are never given the opportunity to rehabilitate.
  • Havaheart Butuseyabrain | 29 May 2016, 07:34 PM Agree 0
    If you have a criminal history - You're OUT! You have deemed yourself no longer suitable to teach and be a role model for our children. Example: Coutts-Trotter should NEVER have been an education minister. Regardless of whether he did a good job and regardless of whether he was the best person for the job, the opportunity should never have gone his way.

    If you people are going to let criminals who have done their time - become teachers after this, (or Education ministers) then you should think again. What you are saying is, a paedophile who has done his/her time, once out, should be able to become a teacher. Heck, I think not!

    Yes, people can make mistakes, like drink too much in the younger years, get a speeding ticket, but as far as serious crimes like drug dealing, break and enter, bashing people, rape, pedophilia, .... NO WAY. Choose a different career. There are hundreds of jobs out there. We don't need the likes of you and your sick, twisted mind anywhere near our children. If you can't control your behaviour at the age of 20 ish, then what's the chance it is going to be any different when you are 25, 30, 40?

  • MC | 30 May 2016, 01:25 PM Agree 0
    I think all should have a second chance, the charge was not child related and we teach students to learn from experiences and forgive and move forward. It is surprising from a system that pride itself on looking after the whole child that one mistake in life can not be moved on from.
  • Kim | 30 May 2016, 02:04 PM Agree 0
    She has served her sentence and done everything in her power to turn her life around. The crime is not one that will put children in her care at risk and that's the most important thing. What a fabulous role model she will be for years to come for all the students in her care. It's a terrific lesson in how, with determination and focus, you can recover from past mistakes instead of letting them define you and ruin your life. There is no need for this woman to be punished further, or have her future contributions stifled. It's done. Everyone should move on.
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