No room for geriatric supply
Not only are these golden-handshakers preventing new graduates from obtaining valuable classroom experience, many compound the problem by taking classes they are not qualified to teach, and some even morph into permanent staff temporarily covering for maternity leave and the like. All this is undertaken with the blessing of the head, the local authority and the taxman.
Long-term teacher absenteeism needs a fairer solution than an auxiliary corps of burnt-out geriatrics waiting in the wings for a phone call.
George B Anderson (retiree) Elliothill Street, Dunfermline.