Letters extra: schools as property developers

14th September 2001 at 01:00

It was not so long ago that some schools were selling their playing fields to property developers. In light of teacher shortages and the inability to attract teachers to certain parts of the country due to exorbitant house prices, couldn't the schools themselves become property developers?

Imagine, if you will, schools using a part of their playing fields to build their own houses. As part of the staff recruitment package, teachers could be offered low cost accommodation, close to work.

In return, the school would also benefit from having a presence on the school site during after school hours and in the holidays.

David East

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