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  1. Push for tougher vetting of teachers

    Posted Sep 17th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Chong, Joyce Man

    ... Dennis Chong, Jacqueline Leung and Joyce Man Call for bar on unaccredited teachers in classes The Education Bureau is facing mounting pressure to plug a loophole in the teacher-hiring process that allows teachers without full accreditation to instruct students. The calls came as school officials grappled with the aftermath of the revelation that Dennis Sewar, ...

  2. Schools didn't ask about my conviction: teacher

    Posted Sep 16th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong Disgraced priest resigns after child-related offence exposed A disgraced American priest who quit his job as an English teacher in Hong Kong after it was disclosed he had a conviction for a child-related offence said yesterday he had worked for about 10 schools in the past year and no one had asked him about his background. Dennis Sewar, 57, said he would willingly have ...

  3. Educators decry difficulty of background checks

    Posted Sep 16th 2008, 12:00am by Danny Mok, Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong and Danny Mok It is difficult for schools to find out the backgrounds of would-be teachers because there are no guidelines on how far they can go in making such checks, educators said yesterday. They were speaking after American Dennis Sewar, convicted of a child-related offence, resigned as an English teacher after his background became public. Two of the schools ...

  4. Mixed feelings for 'nice and funny' man

    Posted Sep 17th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Chong, Joyce Man

    ... teacher had been convicted of a crime against a child. Most pupils described American Dennis Sewar as a 'good teacher'. 'I enjoy having Mr Dennis' lessons,' said Li ... to light on the internet. He has insisted his conviction was for a minor, non-sexual offence. The matter has sparked a debate over the feasibility of background checks on teachers from abroad ...

  5. Law change won't fully screen out sex offenders

    Posted Sep 18th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Chong, Joyce Man

    ... such as teachers, nurses, social workers, and others who have close contact with children and the disabled. As convictions outside Hong Kong are difficult to trace, locals who have committed crimes overseas ... An agency which hired an American teacher who had been convicted of a child-related offence said private agents would find it difficult to obtain the records of overseas criminal convictions. Media ...



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