Tarryn Cooper-Bell of the Equal Education Law Centre said: “The obligation on this department to protect children within schools still exists and it is therefore encouraged to ensure that adequate and appropriate vetting of education staff happens as a matter of urgency.” “Comprehensive vetting should have been undertaken by all provincial education departments, governing bodies and independent schools when appointing any staff since the establishment of the NRSO and child protection register. It should not be a process they are only now suddenly trying to comply with,” she said.