Complaints & Reports
The Teachers Act authorizes the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation to receive
complaints and reports against any individual who holds or has held a BC teaching
certificate. There are four main avenues by which a conduct or competence concern
can be brought to the Commissioner’s attention:
- A report regarding disciplinary action taken or a resignation under section 16 of
School Act or section 7 of the
Independent School Act relating to the conduct or competence
of a certificate holder*
- A written complaint from any person from the public relating to the conduct or competence
of a certificate holder
- A written report from a certificate holder about serious misconduct of another certificate
holder which is required to be made under the Teachers Act, or
- On the Commissioner’s own initiative, when he becomes aware of information related
to the competence or conduct of a certificate holder, including information about
*Pursuant to the
School Act, all disciplinary action (including board suspensions
or dismissals) must be reported in writing to the Commissioner without delay, and
must be signed by the superintendent of schools. For independent schools, the
Independent School Act specifies that any reports to the Commissioner
must be signed by the principal of the school.
All reports must include the relevant subsection of the corresponding Act (i.e.
section 16(2) and 16(3)(a) of the School Act for superintendent and board
suspensions or dismissals respectively, and section 7(2) and 7(3) of the Independent
School Act for principal suspensions or dismissals and authority suspensions
or dismissals respectively).
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