Our thanks to Stu for this. Another taxpayer-funded female-dominated profession failing miserably – medicine is another obvious example – in large part due to the poor work ethic of so many women. Excerpts:
The government is failing to take adequate measures to tackle “significant teacher shortages” in England, a committee of MPs has said.
The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan, as schools struggle to recruit enough teachers and pupil numbers continue to rise.
MPs want more active efforts to reduce the numbers quitting teaching. The Department for Education said there were currently record levels of teachers…
A spokesman said: “We recognise there are challenges.” [The man’s a genius.] But, he said, the department had spent £1.3bn on a recruitment campaign.
The report from the cross-party committee, though, says recruitment targets for teaching had been consistently missed and the teacher shortage is getting worse.
It warns that this causes particular problems in some shortage subjects in secondary school, including physics, maths and computing… [Hmm, why might that be?]
But the MPs say that there is no clear long-term plan to address this – and they suggest there should be greater efforts to keep teachers from leaving the profession and moving to other jobs.
Figures last year showed that almost a third of new teachers who had started jobs in English state schools in 2010 had left within five years.
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