New Teachers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th February 1989.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz , Leicester East 12:00 am, 28th February 1989

The Secretary of State may like to know that last week I conducted a survey of schools in my constituency which revealed an appalling recruitment record. One headmaster stated that he had left to become a double glazing salesperson, and one class had had 12 different teachers in the past year. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the crisis of confidence in our education system is directly related to the Government's policies? When does he intend to allocate more cash to improve prospects for teachers?