Non-graduates deserve a chance

1st June 2001 at 01:00
I trained and worked as an electronics engineer and switched to the computing industry some 15 years ago. Although I am highly qualified with skills that are in short supply in schools, it appears that I am barred from teaching because I do not have a degree.

I realise entry levels have to be set, but I feel past experience should be considered. Some teachers at my children's school have come straght from university, with little or no hands-on experience. Other teachers who have been in teaching for many years, have no degree and have limited exposure to computing.

Perhaps an entrance exam could be a way to select teachers with years of experience, but no degree. Other professions use this approach.

Stephen M Tucker

17 Lindbury Avenue

Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire

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