'Curry smell' teacher handed ban


A nursery teacher who sprayed Asian children with air freshener has been banned from the classroom (AP)

A nursery school teacher who sprayed Asian children with air freshener for “smelling of curry” has been banned from the classroom.

Elizabeth Davies, 50, was struck off the teaching register for a minimum of two years in what effectively amounts to a life ban.

She humiliated children as young as three on a regular basis over a six-year period to April 2007 and was found guilty of a string of charges by a General Teaching Council for Wales (GCTW) panel sitting in Cardiff.

In a stinging rebuke, panel chairman Peter Williams said: “It is our view that Mrs Davies’s behaviour strikes at the heart of what it is to be a teacher.”

He went on to describe it as a “complete disregard for the children’s dignity which should be preserved at all times”, adding that it included an “insensitivity to the (children’s) needs, in particular in relation to their intimate care”.

The panel heard how she would warn youngsters “there is a waft coming in from paradise” moments before targeting them with air freshener.

Mrs Davies, a nursery school teacher for 21 years, also directed class assistants who worked with her to do the same.

She was found guilty of leaving wet or soiled children unchanged and also prevented other support staff changing them.

The GCTW panel ruled that guilt in all five offences together amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.

The veteran nursery school teacher was working at Hafod Primary School in Swansea at the time, where more than half the pupils at the inner-city school, where she earned £34,000 a year, are of Bangladeshi origin.

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