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.