For­mer teacher staged fake ex­ams


A for­mer deputy prin­ci­pal held fake ex­ams at an Auck­land col­lege, then hid stu­dents’ an­swer pa­pers and lied about their where­abouts.

James Haggett taught at St Peter’s Col­lege, a Catholic boys’ school in the up­mar­ket sub­urb of Ep­som, from 2007 to 2014.

He moved back to the United King­dom, where he was a res­i­dent, in 2015 af­ter the Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil’s Com­plaints Assess­ment Com­mit­tee launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his be­hav­iour.

In a judg­ment re­leased on July 19, the coun­cil found him guilty of se­ri­ous mis­con­duct and or­dered him to be dereg­is­tered as a teacher.

He was also cen­sured and or­dered to pay costs to the coun­cil in­curred by the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The judg­ment said Haggett had mis­led the col­lege and its board of trustees to be­lieve that reli­gious ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents were able to sit Cam­bridge ex­ams in Novem­ber 2013.

Fol­low­ing a lengthy de­lay in the school re­ceiv­ing the stu­dents’ Cam­bridge re­sults, Haggett told the prin­ci­pal and board that the qual­i­fi­ca­tion provider, Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tions (CIE), had lost the pa­pers.

How­ever, an­other deputy prin­ci­pal con­tacted the com­pany and found that no such ex­ams had been pre­sented for grad­ing.

When con­fronted, Haggett ad­mit­ted he ‘‘con­structed’’ a paper af­ter dis­cov­er­ing ear­lier in 2013 that stu­dents could not sit the reli­gious ex­ams.

Haggett’s then-part­ner found the exam pa­pers hid­den in their house, and brought them to the deputy prin­ci­pal.

Haggett re­signed from the col­lege in 2014, but re­mained on pay un­til early 2015.

He was later em­ployed as the prin­ci­pal of the new char­ter school Mid­dle School West Auck­land, but was forced to re­sign when news of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion broke.

The tri­bunal found Haggett guilty of not in­form­ing stu­dents who sat the exam they would not be pro­vided with of­fi­cial re­sults, in­vig­i­lat­ing the exam alone where prac­tice was to use ex­ter­nal in­vig­i­la­tors, mis­lead­ing staff about ex­ams, and deny­ing them ac­cess to pa­pers when re­quested.

In re­la­tion to the Cam­bridge ex­ams, Haggett said he made a ‘‘poor, stupid de­ci­sion’’.

But the Tri­bunal said it had lit­tle dif­fi­culty in find­ing Haggett’s con­duct amounted to se­ri­ous mis­con­duct.

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