15 Feb 2012

Review of school disciplinary decisions urged

12:57 pm on 15 February 2012

The Ombudsman says the Government should consider setting up a body to review the disciplinary action schools take against their pupils.

David McGee told Parliament's Education and Science Select Committee on Wednesday that even though disciplinary action could have a serious impact on a student's life, but there was no right of appeal.

He said students and parents can appeal only to the Office of the Ombudsmen and it is worth considering creating an agency to automatically review schools' decisions.

He was appearing before the select committee to discuss a report on handling of serious bullying by Hutt Valley High School in 2007.