The quarterly census - carried out by the Scottish Office and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities - reveals that Shetland employs the greatest ratio of teachers: 22 for every 1,000 people against a Scottish average of 10.5.
The number of teachers employed by local authorities has increased from 52,565 to 53,878 in the past year, a rise in full-time equivalent numbers of 2.5 per cent. This is the highest total since December 1994 and compares with an overall decrease of 0.6 per cent between December 1997 and 1998.
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