This is rather amusing. An ex-teacher has this to say about how to solve the current teacher shortage:
"I know there\’s a crisis among teachers. That\’s why desperate measures like this are being taken. But the answer to that is to reduce teacher workload, improve our pay and keep us all in the job."
Reducing the workload of each individual teacher of course means that you have to increase the total numbers of teachers in order to perform the total workload.
An interesting way to deal with a shortage of teachers, don\’t you think?
Official figures show that about 250,000 working-age teachers are no longer in the classroom. Nearly 100,000 switched careers between 2000 and 2005 – more than double the number that left in the preceding five-year period.
My suspicion would be that a lot of them are shuffling paper in the Local Education Authorities. Abolish that layer of bureaucracy and you\’ll find yourself with a surplus of teachers.