Recruitment crisis questioned

6th November 1998 at 00:00
Headlines about the shortage of science teachers have left some confused newly-qualified science teachers asking"Crisis? What crisis?" as they search fortheir first job.

Biology graduate Farzana Shah, aged 22, of Manchester, has just completed a PGCE at Birmingham University. She said she had been fruitlessly applying for jobs since February and couldn't even find supply work. Five biologists on her course finished without jobs, as did several physicists and chemists.

"Why is the Government looking for more science teachers when there are so many out there who who haven't got a job?" she asked.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today