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'Third World' school crisis.

TEACHER shortages are now so bad they make England look like a third world country, a head teachers' leader was claiming today.

David Hart, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, was telling its annual conference in Harrogate that none of the other leading industrialised nations have to "scour the world" looking for teachers.

He was also expected to claim that while heads battle to find enough staff, some teachers, realising the amount of money they could make, were "selling themselves to the highest bidder" and leaving permanent positions to become supply operators.

Speaking in advance of his speech, Mr Hart said: "America, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - none of these nations have to scour the world to find teachers for their schools.

"Why are we unique among G7 countries in having to raid the teaching force of other countries in order to plug gaps which successive governments have presided over?

"No advanced industrialised country should have to seek teachers abroad. It should be able to generate enough teachers itself by pursuing a policy which recruits and keeps people in the profession."

He added: "It makes this country look like a third world country when we have to scour the world in order to find teachers."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 31, 2001
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