Female teachers at elite Australian boys’ schools have been covertly photographed in class, subjected to “nasty” sexual rumours and even stalked and propositioned by students.
Monash University education expert George Variyan revealed the shocking claims after speaking with 32 teachers in three unnamed elite private boys’ schools.
The schools are located in two capital cities, which are also unnamed.
Variyan interviewed the teachers between 2015 and 2017 as part of his thesis.
In excerpts of the interview transcripts seen by 7NEWS.com.au, one teacher revealed a student was suspended for two days due to “extended” sexual harassment.
“An incident that happened with me and a student and and this boy who had been … following me for months, taking pictures of me,” she said.
“He had hundreds of pictures of me and it was very strange – and videos, he was filming me and stuff.
“It was really quite unpleasant and it affected me quite strongly.”
Another woman said as a teacher in her early 20s, students regularly made highly sexual comments to her.
“I had Year 9, Year 10 boys being very sexually explicit to me, telling me quite intimate details about themselves, making nasty rumours up,” she said.
“(They told) me I’m wearing hooker shoes and I look like a hooker, to claiming that they saw me on the weekend doing particular things with particular people.
“It was really, really hard.
“I think I was so young – I was young enough to be their older sister basically – and I think they took advantage of my naivety.”
Another teacher said one of her superiors showed her “some pretty graphic things” said about her on Facebook by a group of Year 9 students.
“I had that Year 9 class next period and I walked into there going, ‘oh my god, you just said that about me on Facebook and … I had to sit there and like discuss all the comments,” she said.
“It was my first year, and I was so embarrassed.”
Rape culture ‘rife’
The same teacher also said a boy asked her to “go for a cup of coffee”.
The accounts also detail the expulsion of a student who “took a picture up a female staff member’s skirt”, while another boy was “making gestures to simulate a blow job” at a teacher.
Variyan believes the experiences of the teachers uncovered in his research are widespread across the country.
His research has emerged after a former Sydney school student Chantel Contos claimed that rape culture was rife among boys schools.