Soured by Baker's raw deal

1st March 1996 at 00:00
After a brief time working for a research and development establishment as a young graduate in the mid-1960s, I felt drawn to try teaching as a career. There was an implicit "trade-off" on offer; a modest renumeration package in comparison to other alternatives and secure working life.

However, from about the time of Kenneth Baker's secretaryship, this implicit "deal" started to be broken. The renumeration remained modest, but the job satisfaction in teaching was progressively killed off. Not surprisingly, once I had turned 50, I sought early retirement. I wonder how many others may have followed this pattern?

DAVID SMITH 6 Turnbetty Close Bletchley, Milton Keynes

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