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Resignation numbers rise;In brief

The number of teachers leaving their jobs has risen for the third successive year, with thousands quitting the profession altogether, a new study shows.

Overall there were almost 39,000 resignations of permanent and fixed-term contract teachers in 1996, a turnover rate of 10.5 per cent and up from 9.9 per cent in 1995. However, the recruitment rate over the same period was 35,573 - or 9.6 per cent - from 9 per cent in 1995.

The study, from the Local Government Management Board, reveals that resignations are highest among the under-30s and older teachers due to ill-health and premature retirement.

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