Too many postgraduates

16th January 2009 at 00:00

I am a final year BEd student on a nine-week placement in upper primary. I went to the on-campus day which consisted of a whole-year lecture and individual meetings with our tutor. On my way along the corridor, I bumped into an old school friend who told me she was on the postgraduate primary course and would be graduating with me next June.

This particular student, not the first I have heard of to do so, applied for the BEd course and was rejected without even having an interview. Three years later, she got into the postgraduate course, having completed a three-year BA on a subject that had nothing to do with children, learning or teaching.

Yet I spent almost two years doing voluntary work with children wherever I could, gaining valuable experience working with children of all ages. I simply do not understand.

If candidates are rejected for the BEd degree, how can they then be suitable for the postgraduate course? By the time I graduate in June, nearly 500 post-graduates (from one university) will have already graduated after only one intense year at university, compared to my four years of stress.

With the current publicity on the lack of teaching jobs available in Scotland, I cannot help but think that there are clearly too many postgraduates being put through the system. We all want a permanent job, but some cannot even get supply work.

Sara Christie, Stonefield Park, Ayr.

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