At last we say enough is enough

20th February 1998 at 00:00
What grasp on reality does this Government have? Thousands of teachers have retired early or simply left teaching due to the stress caused by an intolerable workload. Now the Government says it wants to increase the length of the working day and shorten holidays. How many teachers will be left to deliver the better education this Government says it wants?

Fortunately teachers have a better grasp on reality and have at last said enough is enough. The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers and the National Union of Teachers are coming together to take action over workload and hopefully the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the others won't be far behind. Our profession needs unity to regain some professional dignity and restore our conditions of service - so that we have the energy to teach.

HANK ROBERTS Professional Unity 2000 Copland Community School Cecil Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex

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