Shifting goalposts

18th May 2001 at 01:00
As a second-year primary BA student, I welcome the introduction of skills tests in mathematics, English and ICT. It seems eminently reasonable that teachers should be able to add up, spell and use computers, and I can't understand what all the fuss is about.

However, stricter criteria for selection of new trainees is one thing; imposing the changes on those already training is quite another. Having committed several years and run up thousands in debt o reach this stage, I am wondering where this constant goalpost-moving will end.

If I pass, what will be next? An edict from on high saying that all primary staff must pass fitness tests, perhaps, or play the piano?

Not that it matters to me. Mental maths has always been my weakness. I have almost no chance of passing these tests and I am being forced to consider an alternative career.

Emily Lock 17 Partridge Green Basildon, Essex


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