Shortage? Then bump up wages

26th September 1997 at 01:00
I was pleased to read of the worsening recruitment pattern into teaching. I sincerely hope that all recruitment soon dries up and that state education hits total crisis.

Who am I? Some fanatical anarchist or some subversive relic from the age of the cold war? No, I am a cold-minded, conservative teacher of economics in a state school.

My training in economics has taught me that the shortage of teachers is simply a signal that the wage rate on offer in this market is too low to attract entrants and encourages existing teachers to leave the market. If my pupils can understand this elementary economic principle, why can't the Education Secretary and his advisers?


41 Lucien Road Wimbledon Park London SW19

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