Province changes legislation regulating teachers

The Ontario College of Teachers has announced teachers found guilty of sexually touching a student will automatically have their licences revoked.

The province has changed the legislation regulating teachers.

Prior to the change, teachers would only automatically have their licenses revoked when a disciplinary committee determined a teacher was guilty of certain types of sexual abuse such as intercourse or masturbation.

The amendment passed yesterday adds touching of a sexual nature to students genitals, anus, breast or buttocks.