Probationer problems

Most probationers who fail to complete their year do so because they are absent through illness or are incompetent, according to the Education Minister.

In a parliamentary answer, Peter Peacock said that, at the last count in 2004-05, 2,093 probationers started out at the beginning of the session, of whom 1,991 successfully completed their year.

By June this year, it was estimated that there were 3,668 probationers.

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