The inadequacies of Hong Kong's teacher-vetting system and its ability to protect children have been thrown into sharp relief by incidents concerning two teachers at city schools. In 2007, Briton Ian Nash was hired by the Victoria Shanghai Academy in Aberdeen, but was sacked in 2008 amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards two girl pupils, according to former colleagues who requested anonymity. They said he denied the claims at the time, and the parents of the students allegedly involved did not pursue the matter following Nash's dismissal. Despite the red flags, music teacher Nash was able to take up a job at West Island School in Pok Fu Lam. However, within months, he was accused of molesting two boys and arrested. In 2009 he was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in jail for the attacks. Another Hong Kong teacher, Hilton Munro, is awaiting trial in the Philippines on child sex charges. Munro worked at the Victoria Shanghai Academy between 2005 and 2008, but was banned from returning to the campus in 2010 after allegations he had an inappropriate online discussion with a former student. After Munro left the school, the German Swiss School withdrew a job offer on the basis of separate allegations, former colleagues said. In 2004, Munro was cleared of allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in an Australian boarding school. Numerous attempts to contact Dr Maggie Koong, head of the Victoria Shanghai Academy, were unsuccessful. However, through its lawyers, the school confirmed both Nash and Munro had left its employment in 2008. Munro declined to answer the Post 's questions and attempts to contact Nash at his last known place of employment in Discovery Bay were unsuccessful.