Problem students illegally suspended 19 August 2013
Principals are using illegal suspensions to get rid of troublesome students, putting extra pressure on other schools forced to take them in.

The practice, known as a Kiwi suspension, takes place behind closed doors and is not recorded on a school’s official disciplinary record.

It involves an informal meeting between a principal and a student’s parents where it is suggested that they withdraw their child before they are suspended or excluded.

The Ministry of Education says it has no evidence to suggest the illegal practice is a problem, but Waikato principals say that, despite it being hard to prove, it is still being used to remove difficult students.

“I know some schools use them extensively and we use them very, very rarely,” Melville High School principal Clive Hamill said.

“It’s one of the challenges that the competitive environment brings.”