Fri, Sep 07, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Teacher resigns over racy photos

By Chiu Shao-wen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

A teacher’s resignation was approved on Wednesday after a number of revealing photographs posted on her blog three years ago recently came to light and sparked an uproar among the school’s faculty and parents.

The 33-year-old teacher, surnamed Sun (孫), was a substitute teacher at the Taipei City Daqiao Elementary School.

The school board recently learned that she had posted a number of pictures on her personal unlocked blog showing herself posing half-naked or covering her breasts with her hands and that some of her blog posts could be considered to be sexually teasing.

Chief of Taipei City Daqiao Elementary School’s office of academic affairs, Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘), said Sun had only been hired for the current semester.

She had worked at the school for less than a week and she dressed and acted properly, Chen said, adding that her colleagues were all slightly surprised to hear about the incident.

According to staff at the Taipei City Daqiao Elementary School, Sun had been a substitute teacher at a number of private elementary schools in Taipei, but they had all been brief stints because Sun had not passed the examination to become a regular teacher.

The school held a staff meeting on Wednesday on whether to reprimand Sun over the issue as the pictures were posted three years ago and Sun felt that the blog was a private space which did not affect her work, Chen said.

However, before the school board was able to reach a conclusion, Sun tendered her resignation, which has been approved, Chen said.

Commenting on the matter, one parent surnamed Liu (劉) said: “Teachers should know what things can or cannot be done, and I don’t want my child to be taught by such a teacher.”

Another parent, surnamed Chen (陳), said that firing Sun was too grave a punishment for the offense, but wished that Sun would “take down the photos, dress properly and teach her class well.”

“We don’t want our teachers to negatively influence our children,” said the deputy commissioner of the Taipei City Government’s educational department, Tseng Tsan-chin (曾燦金), adding that the department would be sending out official notices to schools to apply the standards of employing regular teachers to the process of employing substitutes.

The Teacher’s Act (教師法) require educators to be morally upright and these standards should be applied to the letter when contracting teachers for kindergartens and elementary school, the department said.

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