Police comparison is not valid

12th January 2001 at 00:00
I keep hearing broadcasters bundle teachers together with police officers and nurses. They seem to equate their pay, status and work.

As long as the media keep making this comparison then teaching will remain super-skilled manual work, as opposed to a graduate profession.

Police officers and nurses are paid during training. Teachers have to work for a degree, then fund an extra yea out of their own pocket. Trainee police and nurses are guaranteed a job, while a teacher has to hunt around for a first post.

Teachers are subjected to constant internal and external scrutiny. No wonder many people choose not to become teachers.

Teaching is the best job in the world, but media people really don't make it easy for us.

Martin Wheeler Address supplied

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