Nagasaki Secretary of Education Assumes Responsibility for Subordinate’s DUI, Fines Self and Resigns

Nagasaki Secretary of Education Assumes Responsibility for Subordinate’s DUI, Fines Self and Resigns
Yomiuri Shimbun: 長崎県教育長、不祥事で引責辞任へ…自身も懲戒
Staff Report, March 8, 2011

Nagasaki Secretary of Education Takashi Terata (age 63) took responsibility for a subordinate’s scandal and announced he will resign effective at the end of this school year [March 31].

Harumi Hideshima, Chief of the Board of Education and Terata’s second in command, declined to announce the punishments assessed to the former junior high school teacher arrested last December for DUI or to his passengers, who were coworkers, but said Secretary Terata was fined one month’s pay.

Today, the Board called a special meeting at which Terata submitted his resignation and his fine was confirmed.

After that, Secretary Terata and Chief Hideshima held a press conference at the prefectural office. Secretary Terata said, “I was at fault because I did not advance our scandal prevention policies persuasively enough. I regretfully decided it was best for the department to have a new start.”

He said about his failure to prevent the scandal, “the education system functions precisely because schools are trusted and teachers are respected. I want to reiterate this to our faculty. I’d like a new staff to come together next year and strive anew to realize the ideal of a ‘Nagasaki Education.'”

Chief Hideshima explained that the fine was assessed because “he invited great disorder by not making the necessary public statements, so confidence in his managerial ability was lost.”

According to the Board of Education, secretaries have been fined in 1970 and 1997, but this is the first time one has punished himself for failing to properly monitor his subordinates.

Mr. Terata, the first secretary in 34 years to have a background in education, took office April 2008. His term was scheduled to end March 2012.










(2011年3月8日17時28分 読売新聞)

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