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Huge Rise in Unqualified Teachers under Labour .........

added 16/4/08

The Independent

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 teaching.

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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