An Australian woman who won back the right to teach after being suspended for posing nude for a magazine says she cannot take the position she has been offered because she is not qualified to do the job.
Lynne Tziolas, 24, was dismissed in May from Narraweena Public School, on the Northern Beaches, after she posed naked with 45-year-old husband Antonios for a feature in Cleo magazine.
She has since successfully fought her case for reinstatement, but received an e-mail on Tuesday informing her she would be offered a new temporary position — at a Northern Beaches school for children with learning difficulties and behavioral problems.
Antonios Tziolas yesterday said his wife, who was due to take up her new role Thursday, planned to instead inform the Department of Education and Training that it was unacceptable.
"It's quite unsatisfactory really — I think they've tried to offer her a job that's not in the mainstream school system to basically get her out of the way," he said.
"Teaching at this school is something she's not qualified to do. It's not why she became a teacher. There are teachers out there who have studied specifically for learning difficulties and behavioral problems. These kids require a very specific and formalized type of teaching."
While they did not regret the decision to take part in the feature, for which the couple was paid $200, Antonios Tziolas said the matter was blown out of proportion.
"It seems like it's just dragging on. It's difficult to be motivated as a teacher with all this scrutiny," he said. "That was sorted out and the response was that she had been reinstated but reinstatement, to my mind, means putting you back in your previous position.