The bell tolls for education degree

21st April 2000 at 01:00
THE Government's proposal to encourage graduates to consider a teaching career demonstrates a genuine commitment to addressing the crisis in teacher education backed with real money.

However, it is still tackling only one part of a complex problem. Young people are staying away from teaching because they see a profession undermined by ministerial criticism and overloaded by years of prescriptions.

We should all be concerned that te proposals exclude students studying for the four-year education degree course. Such an omission presents a serious danger of sounding the death knell for the four-year course - the mainstay of primary teacher supply. Urgent consideration needs to be given to payments for undergraduates to achieve parity between the two routes to qualified teacher status.

Alan John

NATFHE president

27 Britannia Street, London WC1X

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