10 October 2008
Teacher accuses school of racial discrimination
A teacher has accused his former school of racial discrimination after he was dismissed from his role last year.
Dr Emmanuel Forson, a maths teacher who comes from the west African country of Ghana, claims he was unfairly dismissed after being suspended for continually telling students they were misbehaving in his class because he is black.
During a tribunal in Bury St Edmunds, he alleged that Harwich School discriminates against foreign graduates.
However, head teacher at the school Nigel Mountford defended his handling of the investigation and disciplinary process.
He said: "I was not confident that Dr Forson was prepared or able to refrain from making any further comments to students and I did not feel that I could risk Dr Forson staying in the school and continuing to accuse the students of racism," the East Anglian Daily Times reports.
The hearing has been adjourned and will resume in January.