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Ilford High School’s Iqbal ‘paid students to mark his class’s work’

Faisal Iqbal of Oaks Park High school Ilford

Faisal Iqbal, Inderjeet Panesar, and Reiss Joseph, teachers at Oaks Park High School, Ilford, admitted to paying students in their class to ease their workloads by formally marking other students’ work.

They were discovered after one of the pupils approached another teacher and offered her services in grading exams for money, stating that other teachers at the school had done the same. The accusations were subsequently investigated and reported by the teacher.

Faisal Iqbal
Faisal Iqbal //LINKEDIN

Three students assisted Mr Iqbal, a computer science teacher, Mr Panesar, a maths teacher, and Mr Joseph, a science teacher, in marking assignments. Mr Panesar’s work was marked by a fourth student.

The inquest heard how Pupil A would receive papers to be graded from the teachers and divide them among themselves, Pupils B and C. Payments were subsequently paid to Pupil A, who divided the funds among the three students.

Mr Iqbal paid a total of £43 over 14 months to Pupil A, Mr Panesar paid a total of £7, and Mr Joseph paid a total of £22 over one month. Mr Panesar also made £63 in payments to another Pupil D.

It is unknown if the students approached the instructors to volunteer their services or if the three teachers contacted the students.

The pupils had marked year 13, year 12 and year 10 for Mr Iqbal; year 11, year 10 and year 7 for Mr Panesar; and year 7 and year 8 papers for Mr Reiss.

Reiss Joseph
Reiss Joseph //LINKEDIN

The panel decided that all three teachers’ ‘conduct amounted to misconduct of a serious nature which fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession’.

Because of the additional work imposed on the pupils concerned, this constituted a violation of confidentially as well as a safeguarding issue. The teachers’ brazen decision to ‘dump’ their work on them was a blatant disregard for proper boundaries.

On May 10, 2019, all three educators resigned from their positions at the school, however the Secretary of State made the ultimate judgement that none of the teachers should be placed under a prohibition order, which would prevent them from teaching again.

It was determined that there was sufficient evidence to suggest that all three had ‘gone above and beyond’ in their day-to-day teaching obligations ‘within the school context and local community’. A prohibition order, therefore, would’ve ‘deprived the public’ of teachers who can positively contribute to the industry.

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