Riches denied;Leading Article;Opinion
But the Education Secretary should put pay and training top of the list. The TUC says FE is now the most casualised profession in Britain. A fifth of lecturers have no recognised teaching qualifications. Pay rates are appalling compared with school teachers' rates. Mr Blunkett talks of superteachers on pound;41,000; superlecturers will be lucky to reach pound;28,000. He has put in place the building blocks for professional training. But the flight from colleges (4,300 full-time-equivalent lecturers this year) will not stop without better pay. The employers and unions are as one on this. Why? Because they know a well-trained, well-paid, profession is needed to deliver on all the other targets.