“Hangman” primary teacher loses appeal against sacking

A PRIMARY school teacher at Shaw primary in South Ockendon has been sacked after making primary school pupils wear a picture of a hanged child as punishment reports the Daily Mail.

Ama Bankah, 31, had been working as a supply teacher, three years ago, when the practice came to light.

The General Teaching Council’s professional conduct committee sat on Monday and heard Ms Bankah claimed the placard was used as a ‘behaviour management technique’.

Every time she rang a bell, all the children had to sit quietly and those who didn’t would be ‘caught’ by the ‘hangman’ which was the name of the picture on the placard.

The GTC heard the image on the placard was of a child dressed in the colours of the school uniform.

When she did this to one of the boys, three years ago, on February 1, 2008 he burst into tears and the matter was brought to the attention of the headteacher Linzi Roberts-Egan.

She then quizzed Ms Bankah, who had been in the post for three months, before asking her leave the school.

GTC committee chair Sashi Sivaloganathan said: ‘Ms Bankah’s behaviour on 21 February 2008 was demeaning to the pupil concerned, caused him some harm, and had the potential to harm other pupils.’

The committee also heard that some parents were so concerned about what had happened that they considered taking their children out of the school.

The GTC ruled Ms Bankah was guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’.

Ms Sivaloganathan added: ‘The Committee considers that Ms Bankah is not at present fit to be a registered teacher.’

It said she was not fit to be a registered as a teacher and that if Ms Bankah wanted to return to work in a classroom she would have to have extra training.

In addition, she is not allowed to register to do so for a further two years.

Ms Bankah has a right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.

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