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December 12, 2003
Government 'unhappy' with teachers

Less than a third of government ministers are happy with the teaching profession's handling of education, a survey suggests.

Just 28% of a sample group of government ministers questioned in England and Wales were satisfied with teachers' performance, Mori found, while 1% were very satisfied.

Meanwhile, 51% said they were fairly or very dissatisfied.

According to the poll, of senior and junior government ministers, dissatisfaction increased with experience.

Ministers with three or more years in the job had a 53% chance of being dissatisfied.

Only 32% of newly appointed ministers felt the same.

Nearly half of this group said they were satisfied with the teaching profession's performance on education.

This dropped sharply to 27% for those with one to five years' experience.

A Mori spokesman said: "Coming at a time when the teaching unions are facing stiff opposition from the government concerning national tests, the school workforce agreement and teachers' pay proposals, the survey suggests that the problems already facing the teaching profession may increase over the next parliamentary session."

Just kidding. Here's what this BBC report really said. I've been suffering from a bit of a belly ache for the last day or so. So that will probably be your lot today.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:56 PM
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