Britain's Education Secretary Ruth Kelly came under mounting pressure to resign on Sunday, following reports she personally allowed a convicted child sex offender to teach in schools.
According to a letter obtained by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Kelly cleared a 59-year-old teacher to work, despite knowing of his conviction for assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
The claim comes only days after Kelly ordered a government review of vetting procedures for teachers cautioned and convicted of sex offenses, the AP reports.
The furor is an unwelcome distraction for Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, which is trying to steer through controversial reforms of Britain's education system.
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