Zimbabwean headteacher, 47, is told he may never teach in Britain again after trying to cover up a caution for assaulting his wife in a job application

UNITED Kingdon: AN award-winning headmaster who turned to fraud in a failed attempt to get another job has been fined and told he will probably never teach again in this country.

Dr Tawanda Madhlangobe, 47, forged a letter from one school to cover up a caution for common assault on his wife in 2009.

The first school had rejected him because of the offence and he tried to hide that when he applied to Horton Education and Care school in Hull in 2015.

Prosecutor Stephen Sparks said: “He used the first school’s letterhead and paper. He was shortlisted and interviewed at the second school.

“After the interview there were concerns, and they wanted to test the letter’s legitimacy.

“When they contacted the first school, it transpired that the letter was fraudulent.”

Madhlangobe, now unemployed, was arrested by police after landing at Heathrow on a flight from his home country of Zimbabwe.

He was voted secondary school teacher of the year in the 2008 London Teaching Awards.

He admitted fraud and was fined £910 (USD1,100) by magistrates in Colchester, Essex.

Mitigating, Jemima Ivens said: “The caution in 2009 was for a row with his wife. He kicked an ironing board, but there was no laying of hands.

“This caution has been radioactive. It has suddenly come to life and caused tremendous hardship in his life.

“He may have misunderstood whether he had to disclose it. He is never going to come back before the court, and he is filled with shame and embarrassment.

“He has always been a very good teacher. His career now stands in tatters.”

District Judge John Woollard told Madhlangobe he was the author of his own misfortune.

He said: “I took into account that you have contributed to the lives of children. You will probably not obtain another teaching job.

“You applied for a sensitive job involving children, and you brought the whole system crashing down on you.”

 


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Madhlangobe’s case may be now referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership who authorise teachers for the Department of Education.

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