Thirteen per cent of those in the final year of an initial teacher-training course failed to qualify in 1997-98, the latest year for which figures are available.
The highest drop-out rate is in maths, designated by ministers as a shortage subject. Oe in five trainee maths teachers did not gain qualified-teacher status in 1997-98. Students on physical education courses are the least likely to leave, with a drop-out rate of only 7 per cent. In all, more than 2,000 trainees failed to become qualified teachers.
The statistics were provided in response to a parliamentary question from James Clappison, the Tory education spokesperson.