Shortage? What shortage?;Letter

12th March 1999 at 00:00
The Sunday Times recently claimed that there is a shortfall of 10,000 teachers. The Teacher Training Agency claims that the real figure is 2,500.

In response, the Government spends our money, on recruitment advertising and in the payment of bursaries to encourage would-be teachers into training.

The Association of Teachers Against Ageism has been inundated with calls from teachers who are unable to secure work, most qualified and experienced in so-called shortage subjects.

If your olfactory nerves detect a rodent, then you are not alone. Somebody, somewhere is being economical with the truth. This I am sure of. Why, escapes me.

Steve Jackson Chairman, Association of Teachers Against Ageism 5 The Villas Great Hatfield, East Yorkshire

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