Teacher reprimanded in snooping case

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A SHEFFIELD teacher who snooped at colleagues’ payslips to see how much they were paid has been rapped over the knuckles by his professional body.

Akbar Ali, a Design and Technology teacher at Meadowhead School from September 1998 to November 2010, appeared before the General Teaching Council’s Professional Conduct Committee where he was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

The hearing heard that in December 2009, during a search of Mr Ali’s house, police recovered a number of payslips belonging to teachers at the school.

Mr Ali admitted taking the payslips from staff pigeon holes and looking at the information.

A spokesman for the committee said: “He had taken Christine Parkinson’s payslip to see if she was receiving a Teacher and Learning Responsibility point.

He also said that he had taken Charles Ford’s payslip to see what TLR point he was receiving.

“We are satisfied that, in taking, viewing, opening and retaining the payslips, Mr Ali’s conduct fell short of the standard expected of a registered teacher and was a breach of the standards of propriety expected of the profession.

Accordingly, unacceptable professional conduct has been established.

“Furthermore, his actions in taking the payslips were deliberate and in keeping the payslips in an unlocked drawer, he was reckless as to whether the confidential information of colleagues could have come into the possession of another person.”

Imposing an official reprimand, which will remain on the teaching register for two years, the committee spokesman added: “This reprimand marks the fact that Mr Ali’s conduct has been unacceptable and may be taken into account in any future regulatory proceedings against him.”

Mr Ali, resigned from the school following a period of suspension.