Concern over injury liability for school principals

Secondary Principals’ Association president Sandy Pasley has expressed concern over potential liability for principals under a new health and safety law.

Mrs Pasley, who heads Auckland’s Baradene College, said schools were screaming out for advice over the Health and Safety at Work Act, which comes into force next month.

Principals could be fined up to $600,000 if they fail to exercise due diligence and someone is hurt at school.

Some school principals are planning to put their homes into trust.

The Secondary Principals’ Association sought legal advice for its members.

It wanted to know if transferring assets was necessary, but lawyers could not give them a definitive response.

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