Teachers says false claims are set to reach all-time high

June 2, 2004

TEACHERS’ leaders say false and malicious allegations against staff made by pupils and their parents are set to reach an all-time high by the end of the year.Anna Brychan, the director of the National Association of Head Teachers Cymru, says the current record for complaints made against their members stands at 120.But already the figures for the first three months of this year stand at 50 – at this rate, around 200 complaints will have been made against NAHT members by the end of the year.The National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers say less than 1% of all allegations made against their members are proven.But those accused are very often suspended and their careers and personal lives left in ruins, say teachers’ unions.Union leaders said the increase reveals a growing culture of spurious complaints made by mischievous pupils and their parents.Today, The Western Mail highlights the case of David Jones, the headteacher at Ysgol-y-Drindod in Wrexham, who was suspended following allegations he kept Vodka in his room.Mr Jones, who was also accused of holding a pupil by the arm, was cleared following a lengthy investigation but remains off work on sick leave….

IC Wales – Western Mail

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