The number of unqualified, trainee and foreign teachers
has risen five-fold since Labour came to power, according
to the Tories.
The figures from a parliamentary answer to a question
from Michael Gove, the Conservative schools spokesman,
mean headteachers are frequently filling vacancies with
staff who are not qualified in the subject they are
There are now 16,710 teachers working in state schools
in England without qualified teacher status (QTS), up
from 2,940 in 1997. The number of overseas trained teachers
without QTS has also risen from 2,480 in 1997 to 10,970
in 2007. The figures will spark fears that children's
education is being damaged.
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