No one chooses to be incompetent

13th June 1997 at 01:00
The Government apparently wishes "to develop fair, firm ways, of dealing with incompetent teachers".

Last year I was deemed incompetent, and my head was advised "to get rid of" me. I sought and was granted release at short notice without penalty. After three months on sick leave, my health is improving, and at 45 I hope to find a new career, but that is my responsibility. Many of us have been competent in the past; nobody chooses incompetence. I gave my life to my career, but did not match up to new demands.

Phrases like "tough action against incompetent teachers" add to our guilt feelings at what is inevitably a trying time for all parties. Could they be avoided somehow?

After all many of us may have to receive "fair, firm" treatment at some future stage.

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