Douglas Weir, dean of education at Strathclyde University, warned that the pressures would mount five years from now. "We have to start training now and we are going to have to find new markets. I am not comfortable with the national pattern," Professor Weir said.
Ironically, tighter academic entry qualifications imposed by the General Teaching Council might prevent up to 25 per cent of graduates from applying. "There will be a bit of a hiccup in 2000," Professor Weir said.