London: A teacher of Indian-origin `played
truant` for two years by forging fake sick notes, but escaped
being sent to prison.
Kulvinder Billan, 31, forged half a dozen sick notes and a
letter from a leading doctor so he could get out of teaching
at Weston Favell School, Northampton, Dail Mail reported
A court heard he was paid 33,000 pounds a year but could
not face returning to teaching after being off work with
stress and as a result his pupils were left with no consistent
teaching and school had to shell out about 7,000 pounds to
hire part time staff.
The Judge Lynn Tayton QC took a lenient view and did not
march him off to prison after Billan admit in the court that
he did not deliberately set out to cheat the school, but was
under great deal of stress and debt of 45,000 pounds.
The errant teacher will now face disciplinary hearing with
the General Teaching Council for England.