LeSage Report tables review of Ontario College of Teachers' processes
TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - A number of the recommendations tabled
today in the LeSage review of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
investigation and disciplinary processes were sent by the College to
the Minister of Education almost two years ago yet the Minister took no
action, according to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
"OCT recommendations that would improve the college's investigative and
disciplinary processes have been sitting with the Minister of Education
awaiting legislative action for too long," said ETFO President Sam
Hammond. "We want to ensure that in those cases where teachers do harm
to children in their care that justice and the public interest are
Hammond was commenting on the release of the report by Justice Patrick
LeSage which was commissioned by the OCT to review the regulatory
body's investigation and disciplinary procedures and outcomes and
dispute resolution program.
"The reality is that there are fewer complaints brought forward against
teachers than other self-regulated professions," added Hammond. "We
believe that the College's investigation and disciplinary procedures
are transparent and thorough to handle those that do come forward."
Complaints have only been brought against 0.09% of Ontario teachers
according to ETFO, and of that number, a higher percentage have gone to
a full hearing at the College than at other self-regulatory bodies.
Fifteen percent of complaints have gone to full hearing at the
teachers' college compared to 2% at the Law Society of Upper Canada, 3%
at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2% at the College of Social
Workers, and 5% at the College of Psychologists, according to their
"While some of the proposed changes are positive, others strike the
wrong chord. An increase in false allegations against teachers
continues to be a problem. For example, where a complaint is withdrawn
by the College, the teacher's name and the allegations should not
remain in the decisions posted on the OCT's public website," said
Hammond. "While some of LeSage's recommendations provide more support
for falsely accused teachers, the issue of which decisions should be
posted needs to be addressed".
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations: Cell: 416-948-0195