For those of us clinging to life tenure as teacher for dear life, Nisar Ahmed is like a nightmare from a parallel universe: he has been banned for life from teaching. General Teaching Council for England decided that it could not risk Ahmed, 46, from ever teaching again so it issued the only known lifetime suspension after a 13-year teaching career.
The school motto is “personal caring for today, educating for tomorrow” (and apparently banning forever).
What is astonishing Ahmed had been promoted to head of business studies at the John O’Gaunt Community Technology College in Hungerford, Berkshire from September 2007 to January 2009.
However, the disciplinary panel found his management to be subpar and his organization of class material “persistently poor.” He was also accused of poor management of student folders. After working with him to improve such things for a year, they decided to ban him for life.
GTC committee chair Rosalind Burford informed him that “[w]e could not be satisfied that you have an appropriate level of insight into your shortcomings.” British tact and a flair for understatement may be confusing to some on this side of the pond since that does not seem the type of problem that results in a lifetime ban. However, the panel made clear that they viewed the problems to be chronic and unaddressed.
The article below suggests that this may be an effort to assure the public that the school system has stopped “recycling” poor teachers. GTC chief executive Keith Bartley said two years ago and the system was still maintaining as many as 17,000 “substandard” members of staff. They appear to be saying that they have got that number down to 16,999.
Source: Daily Mail