Ban for ex-Gwent teacher who is ‘risk to pupils’
5:14pm Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
A TEACHER who made inappropriate remarks to teenagers and kissed a 14-year-old student has been banned from working in Wales indefinitely after he was deemed “a risk to pupils”.
Danish Bilha Maider Khan, 31, was found guilty of two counts of misconduct by a General Teaching Council for Wales professional conduct committee in June and was today struck off the teaching register in Wales.
The former science teacher who taught at two Gwent schools was not at today’s hearing in Cardiff, where disciplinary committee member Helene Mansfield delivered the judgement.
She said Mr Khan showed no insight into the fact he abused his position by denying the allegations, adding: “He poses a continuing risk to pupils and prohibition is the only way of protecting young people and maintaining public confidence in the teaching profession.”
Newport-raised Mr Khan cannot apply to re-register for at least two years. He now works at a specialist unit in Swindon.
June’s hearing found he made sexual and/or inappropriate remarks to a class at one Valleys school between September 2004 and January 2005. And in March 2005, it concluded he had an inappropriate relationship with a female pupil at a Torfaen school. This had involved their kissing in a science room.
Mr Khan had denied both allegations. The latter was investigated by Gwent Police in 2008, following a complaint after he contacted the teenager through several e-mails, and asked her to guess who he was. One clue he gave was "you had a snog off me."
The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute.
The committee was told Mr Khan had made sexual and inappropriate remarks, including one relating to drug use, whilst at the Valleys school.
He claimed one remark - that a pupil was "stressed because she isn't getting it" - was misinterpreted by a learning support assistant.
The hearing in June also heard he had been convicted of six counts of theft in 1999 and 2000 and served three months in a young offenders' institution.
However, Ms Mansfield said these are from over 10 years ago and prior to Mr Khan being registered as a teacher.
He has 28 days to appeal against the decision or the earliest he can apply to re-register in Wales is 2014, when a panel would meet and consider his request.
Teacher stayed away from hearing because of racist abuse
Mr Khan’s representative, Colin Adkins of the NASUWT union said he didn’t attend yesterday’s hearing as he had been subject to racist and Islamophobic abuse on a website.
Posters had been trying to find where Mr Khan now lives, so he was advised not to attend.
Mr Adkins said Mr Khan maintains he did nothing wrong, saying: “He was a newly-qualified teacher finding it difficult to manage a class and resorted to try and bridge the divide by using over-friendly language ad befriending pupils.”
He said he is now “flourishing” in his new job and had “every chance of a good career” before the proceedings.
Mr Adkins said he believed there could have been a degree of “racial discrimination” in the allegations.