Personally, I believe that Education Minister Ruth Kelly should be sacked or at the very least resign over her decision to allow known and registered sex offenders teach in our schools.
Ms Kelly has been under pressure to resign following the disclosure that Paul Reeve was given a job as a PE teacher at the Hewitt School in Norwich last month despite being cautioned for accessing banned images of children on the internet and being one of thousands of ‘respectable’ people trappedby the police operation, ‘Ore’. Yesterday, it was revealed that a further 10 adults on the sex offenders register were allowed to work with children in schools……..
I’m not going to dwell on the distant past but I have known two teachers during my own early school life, who today, would have, without doubt found themselves on the register, One in particular, led to the scandal and closure of Wellington House, a popular private school in Westgate, whose cricket field is now covered in houses.
That Mr Reeve is a PE teacher is possibly more disturbing. I was one once upon a time and one activity that has to be supervised is the boys showers, which for a paedophile sex offender must be one of the goals of his activities, would reinforce his behaviour and raise the level of risk to the children under his care, as I’m sure you might agree?
For such appalling judgement and disregard of public feelings on this matter and for what appears to be a complete lack of confidence from the teaching community, Ruth Kelly, who I really feel quite sorry for, should best apply her considerable talents and charm elsewhere.
Ed: Further reading: http://www.inquisition21.com/article~view~83~page_num~3.html & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ore