No insurance against naivety

25th February 2000 at 00:00
YOUR correspondent David Hawkins' suggestion that teachers should, like insurance salesman, be given a laptop is naive (TES, February 4) To equate teachers with insurance employees is ridiculous. Does Mr Hawkins not value the years of training that we, as professionals, have to endure? Anyone presentable who has certain social skills, can become an insurance salesperson.

Stat education is not private enterprise. To suggest that the Government should give all teachers a free laptop reflects a lack of basic understanding of the national cost of such a suggestion - education is after all the country's largest employer.

I find Mr Hawkins' attitude typical of many of those in public service.

Louise Loxton. 6 Cleveland Place. West Bath.

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