UK school headmistress banned for life for abusing Muslims

LONDON: While teachers are supposed to by the shining lights, showing the way, but one school headmistress in UK violated all professional ethics, resorting to abuse against pupils and fellow staff for over seven years before being banned for life.

Anupe Hanch, 49, was found guilty of racially abusing staff and demeaning pupils and was barred from entering a classroom again.

She is reported to have once remarked, “If we have any more Muslims in here it’s going to start looking like Al Jazeera” as she checked CVs at her east London school.

Similarly, when a finance officer wished to take some time off and become a volunteer at the London Olympics, Hanch said, “I’m going to have to break down 5,000 years of Islam to get through to her.”

She told one pupil she was a devil, called another a thief and liar.

Hanch also made a girl listen to the comments of her classmates that detailed how the girl was disliked and was a trouble. She also asked the girl’s teacher ‘not to be nice to her.’

Extending her abuse, Hanch is reported to have once ‘locked the assistant head teacher in her office for three hours demanding minutes of a meeting should be changed to her liking.’

It was 1991 when Hanch qualified as a teacher and made an in charge of Gearies Junior School located in the Ilford area of Essex.

Nearly 20 years later, she was suspended and then sacked in December 2012 after an investigation was carried out.

According to a panel of National College for Teaching and Leadership, the headmistress was found guilty of not treating her colleagues with dignity as she had been ‘bullying, intimidating, and demeaning’ them.

Chairman of the panel Brian Hawkins said: ”

The panel has found that Mrs Hanch displayed intolerance on the grounds of race and/or religion.

“The panel was told that her behaviour was driven by a desire to improve externally assessed outcomes at the School.

“Whilst the panel recognised that these outcomes did improve, the manner in which she approached this task was fundamentally incompatible with her responsibilities to staff, parents and pupils.”

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