Male teacher transfer a big loss
THE imminent forced transfer of their public schools only male teacher has parents at Repton squaring off for a battle with the Department of Education.
“Enrolments at the school have fallen from 78 to 70 which means we have to lose one of our four teachers,” parent Dr Ian Nisbet said.
“The Education Department has decided to transfer the school’s only male teacher.”
“But the process which removes the only male teacher and leaves those 70 children without a male influence at school is a flawed one which we are demanding that the Department revisits,” he said.
Dr Nisbet is a forensic psychologist and has three children at the school.
“I have nothing against any of the three female teachers but the male teacher has been at Repton for 17 years and is much-loved and respected by parents and students. I see the downstream effects of these decisions in my work with young offenders. The decision flies in the face of all that we know about the crucial role that men play in boy’s education, especially in disadvantaged areas,” Dr Nisbet said.
Another parent Darren Shaw said the decision was a kick in the guts to both the parents and teachers who had worked hard to improve the school over the past few years.
“We fear this decision will lead to a further loss of enrolments and so we have called on the minister to urgently review the transfer,” Mr Shaw said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education said the selection of the teacher to be transferred was made by the principal in consultation with the school curriculum director according to Department policy, which puts the highest priority on the curriculum needs of the school.