Cabinet unveils plan to ban convicted teachers

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS: People convicted of abuse, kidnap or sexual exploitation of minors would be fired and banned from teaching for life, the Cabinet said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 08, 2019
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Cabinet yesterday released draft amendments to the Teachers’ Act (教師法), which includes a

Students attend a class at Lujiang Elementary School in New Taipei City on Jan. 30.Photo: Lin Hsiao-yun, Taipei Times

provision that would dismiss unfit teachers and ban them from teaching for life.

The planned amendments define punishments for teachers based on the severity of breaches, which in the most extreme cases would result in dismissal and denial of future teaching positions.

Those convicted of treason, embezzlement, or sexual assault or harassment in a court or by the gender equality committee at their school would be permanently banned, according to the proposed changes.

Those convicted of mentally or physically abusing, kidnapping, or sexually exploiting minors, or committing other crimes defined by the Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act (兒童及少年福利與權益保障法) would be subject to the same punishment.    [FULL  STORY]

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