It's just not fair;Letter

1st May 1998 at 01:00
A four-week unpaid "acting" senior teacher post is adver-tised internally. There are six interviewees: maths, languages,history, religious education, chemistry and learning support, coincidentally all women.

Who gets the job? The teacher who has been on six weeks of courses in school time in the last six months. The one with the lightest workload and least pupil contact, who sees two parents at parents' night and has classes of five. Yes, you've guessed: the learning support teacher.

False "political correctness" has meant that all subjects have been considered equal. But the workload in teaching is very unfairly distributed among subjects. The inevitable result is plummeting morale among teachers of the most important subjects.

Andrew Nelson, Scarletmuir, Lanark

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