21st March 1997 at 00:00
A 30 per cent increase in the number of teachers seeking early retirement has set alarm bells ringing in the education ministry.

"The country needs the experience these teachers have to offer, especially at this time of monumental change for our schools," said Luigi Berlinguer, the education minister, in an appeal to the teachers to reconsider their decisions.

The boom in retirement applications is partly a result of the fear that an adjustment to the pension system, now being discussed in parliament, will mean substantial cuts to new pensions.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now