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7th April 2000 at 01:00
The Times

Better teachers are worth the cost

SOME will complain that Mr Blunkett is offering too little too late, that pound;6,000 - rising a further pound;4,000 for shortage subjects - will not be enough to redress the current teacher recruitment crisis. But more are likely to welcome this windfall.

Yet the teaching unions who applaud Mr Blunkett's largesse today must, at thesame time, stop their backward-looking opposition to implementing a system of performance-related pay. It is not enough simply to entice new teachers into the profession. Once they are there they must be encouraged to stay. And the cost of this cannot be more than the price Britain will pay if its

secondary education system continues to fail it.

Leader, Friday

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