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Female teachers at private school lift lid on sexual harassment by boys

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.

Extended 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.”

Australian teachers have lifted the lid on sexual harassment they have experienced from boys. File image. Credit: bobbieo/AAP

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.

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