Letters extra: trainees' tuition fees

5th October 2001 at 01:00

I find it deeply insulting that trainee teachers have to pay their tuition fees.

I am 21 and have just completed my third year in primary school teacher training, gaining an upper second class degree.

Throughout the three years, I found it necessary to work part-time in a supermarket to finance my studies, while friends who were training to be nurses did not have to pay tuition fees and also were awarded bursaries to pay for accommodation. I feel this is unfair. I appreciate the amount of work nurses put into their studies and realise that because they will be working for the NHS they deserve not to have to pay for their tuition and accommodation.

However, does the same not also apply for trainee teachers? In addition, due to a recent increase in nurses' pay, the starting wage for nurses and teachers is the same.

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