Monday, September 29, 2008

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Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove will unveil the “Troops to Teachers” scheme at the Tory conference tomorrow. He will say: “We’ll ensure ex-servicemen and women who want to work with young people can move quickly to a career in teaching.”

Servicemen and women would be given a £9,000 bursary to re-train as teachers on leaving the forces to boost tough inner-city schools. Other veterans will be encouraged to act as role models in comprehensives.

David Cameron also aims to smash the local authority monopoly over schools. In a huge overhaul, thousands of taxpayer-funded schools would be set up by private companies and parents’ groups. The Tories claim that sub-standard comprehensives would be driven out of business by the new “free schools”.

OK I will make a comment. In my opinion, politics and education make poor bedfellows.

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