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Overseas teachers’ success

Issue No. 2060

Tanya - talent wasted

Tanya - talent wasted

Over 100 activists lobbied the Home Office on Wednesday of last week over the way overseas teachers are being treated.

The government last week announced that the deadline for gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) would be extended to September next year.

This is a victory for the campaign, but it is far from the end of the matter. Tanya is a teacher from New Zealand. She told Socialist Worker, “The way that I have been treated is worse than disgusting.

“I’ve been teaching in London for almost eight years.

“Two weeks before I was meant to go back to work, while I was on maternity leave, I got a letter saying that I was fired because I did not have qualified teacher status. The letter was the first that I had heard of the need to get QTS.

“My partner’s parents were already on the flight over here to help look after the baby while I went back to work

“This extra year means nothing to teachers like me who have lost their jobs. You need to be working in order to get the qualification. I now plan to move back to New Zealand.”

All of the speakers at the lobby spoke of the fact that schools, especially in London, relied on overseas trained teachers. Campaigners are determined to continue until overseas teachers are treated the same as others.

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Tue 17 Jul 2007, 19:46 BST
Issue No. 2060
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