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
- A report regarding disciplinary action taken or a resignation under section 16 of the
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 criminal proceedings.
*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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