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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 August 2001

Labour Fails The Education Test

EVEN BEFORE the new academic year starts next week, a crisis is gripping the education system.

England and Wales is facing its worst teacher shortage for 40 years according to the government's own chief inspector of schools.

New Labour is under increasing pressure to scrap tuition fees. Reports in the Sunday Mirror say Tony Blair is considering abolishing them.

Higher education colleges are facing huge funding shortfalls because they can't find enough students willing to face 15,000-plus worth of debt to take places on courses.

The reason for this crisis is simple enough: Labour believes that education is a commodity that can be bought and sold. Everything in education now has to fit in with a profit-and-loss balance sheet according to New Labour.

But this is producing huge strains. London teacher and union secretary Bob Sulatycki explains: "The crisis arises because there are less entering teaching and more teachers are leaving due to low pay and low morale.

"Also, many now can't afford to live in inner-city areas because of high accommodation costs. There was an example last week of a teacher who will be commuting daily next term from Huddersfield to work in Islington, London.

"The teacher shortage figures are probably an underestimate. It's difficult to work out exact figures because the government covers up shortages in different ways. For instance, the employers use supply staff, who are supposed to be covering for absences, to cover up the shortfalls and this can mask the vacancies.

"They get teachers to teach outside their specialisms, or they can alter the timetable. Either way the curriculum is distorted. Teachers' non-contact time is also eroded and we are expected to cover more when teachers are ill or simply not available.

"There needs to be a fight on this issue from the teaching unions, rather than helping the government to cover up the full extent of the crisis."

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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