Will teacher MOTs every five years drive even more people out?

10th July 2009 at 01:00

The bold suggestion of introducing MOT tests for teachers ("Academy staff spared from licence to teach", July 3) is the first significant step towards rationalising the departments of transport and education. But why stop there? I suggest the following:

- As part of the MOT, teachers should be issued with a certificate of classroom worthiness. Those who show serious faults should not be allowed in the classroom until appropriate repairs have been made.

- Under a new scrappage scheme, teachers with more than 10 years' experience who fail their MOT should be traded in for newly qualified ones at a discounted price.

- An annual teacher tax disc could help increase revenue in these times of recession. It could be issued in the form of a cheap circular piece of paper securely attached to an ear lobe for ease of inspection. In the interests of fairness, smaller, cleaner and more efficient teachers would pay less tax.

- Monies raised from the teaching tax would be ring-fenced to provide cones and speed cameras for school corridors and to fund repairs to education policies.

- All calls to the various teacher helplines should be put straight through to National Breakdown, enabling clapped out old teachers to be towed away quickly so they don't block progress.

I commend these proposals to the House.

William Arkit-Wright, Maths teacher, North Yorkshire, close to the A1.

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