Article Title:PM "uneasy" about Peter Ellis case
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:30th June 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1920
Text:Prime Minister Helen Clark has admitted she is “uneasy” about the Peter Ellis case, but she still backs Justice Minister Phil Goff's calls for new evidence before further investigation proceeds. The Prime Minister says she is concerned that new inquiries examining evidence that has already been covered in previous court of appeal investigations would yield the same verdict. Meanwhile, the spectre of the Ellis case seems to have had far-reaching implications for the country's education system, with new figures released this week showing that men only make up 13.6% of primary school teachers. Research carried out by the Christchurch College of Education shows that men are avoiding becoming primary school teachers for fear of being accused of sexual abuse. Lecturer Penni Cushman found male teachers were anxious to avoid contact with children, a fear made worse by the widely-held view that men who taught at junior levels were, at best, "unusual" and at worst potential threats to children.    
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