Unreasonable and possibly illegal;Letter;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
THE INTRODUCTION of the numeracy test for trainee teachers (TES, November 5) is unreasonable and may be illegal.

It is unjust to introduce a new requirement to a course after students have started it. The test itself is seen as irrelevant by concerned members who have contacted me. Teachers pass on their knowledge, and attainment tests should measure these relevant skills, not be universally applied on a government whim.

What is being tested - candidates' memory of GCSE maths taken six years earlier?

Should pupils be deprived of potentially excellent English, French or history teachers because those trainees are not mathematicians?

Trainees may seek posts in independent schools or even boycott the test, worsening the teacher supply crisis.

With even fewer teachers in maintained schools, pupils may soon face part-time schooling.

Kay Driver, General secretary, Professional Association of Teachers, 2 St James' Court, Derby

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