‘It is a simple question: who leads this country? Any John, Dick or Kevin could answer it, but one citizenship teacher may be wishing she had refrained.
One student, Erez Sharabani, shot up his hand to answer “Mr John Howard”. But before he could get the words out, he says, the teacher wrote “dick” across the middle of the board. She rubbed it out, but not before the 12 students in her citizenship class at the NSW Adult Migrant English Service at Surry Hills saw it.
Calling the Prime Minister a four-letter word in a class funded by the federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship has not proved a great career move, sparking a complaint from Mr Sharabani and an investigation by the NSW Department of Education. The teacher, who has not been named, has been suspended on pay pending the outcome of the investigation.’