Teachers are leaving even though there isn't a better offer

25th May 2001 at 01:00
OK, so I'm a sad git with no social life. I was at the local stamp show thoroughly enjoying myself But I am a teacher, so what do you expect me to be doing for fun? Driving in Formula One?

At the show, I overheard the following at one dealer's stall. Customer tells the stallholder that she left teaching at Easter with two other teachers in her school.

Length of experience of the staff? Fifteen to 25 years.

That's it - left, not just changed jobs. Stallholde says his wife also left and was not prepared to wait for the pension.

Next customer says that her school lost three staff as well, and another her five are going in August. Stall- holder's response? He had been to his old school to help with "jobs and work" day and found that they had seven staff vacancies since the start of the year, and he'd never seen such depression.

Crisis? What crisis?

Alastair Gunn gunn@gunnawidrbt.

screaming. net .

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