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Ministry of Education Support for Schools Regarding Person A

February 29 2012

The Ministry of Education is actively supporting affected schools following revelations a convicted sex offender appears to have been working as a teacher in a number of schools.

“Our immediate focus is to work with the schools in order for them to support their students and families,” says Deputy Secretary Nicholas Pole.

“Our Traumatic Incident teams, led by experienced psychologists and practitioners, have been working with schools since Tuesday 21st when Person A was arrested.”

“The schools were not able to inform parents of the situation until details around the suppression order were clarified.”
“We have established a 0800 number for parents at the affected schools, so they can get more advice and support. The schools have informed their parents of this number.”

“Ministry staff are still at the first two affected schools today, and will be there again tomorrow. We have also identified four other affected schools this morning and are visiting them today, and are co-ordinating any actions from this. Traumatic Incident teams will be on site at those schools from today.”

“We also are doing everything we can to support the ministerial inquiry into this, announced yesterday, to ensure this cannot happen again,” says Deputy Secretary Nicholas Pole.

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