TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - The Ontario College of Teachers welcomes the Ministry of Education's plans to strengthen our ability to protect students from sexual abuse by teachers.
The Ministry announced its plans to amend the definition of sexual abuse resulting in mandatory revocation in the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
The new definition will bring our act into alignment with the government's recent changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act.
The College looks forward to working with the government in strengthening the penalties for sexual abuse in order to protect students and maintain public confidence in our work.
The College provided advice to the province to enhance our ability to govern our profession in the public interest.
The Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates the profession of teaching in the public interest. It sets standards of practice and ethical standards, conducts disciplinary hearings and accredits teacher education programs affecting its more than 243,000 members in publicly funded schools and institutions across Ontario. The College is the largest self-regulatory body for the teaching profession in Canada.
SOURCE Ontario College of Teachers
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