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AMA ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF CREATING TEACHER SHORTAGE

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Graham Lane, education chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities has said that ministers are provokin...
Graham Lane, education chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities has said that ministers are provoking a teacher shortage by rushing through an ill conceived pension scheme.

He warned that many children may have to be sent home from school next term unless the government postpones plans to reshape the teachers' pensions scheme.

The poorly thought out plans, he told the Guardian (p10) are causing a panic rush to early retirement.

The local authority employers have put forward an alternative plan to handle the problem of an ageing professions, including proposals for senior staff to step down to less stressful posts rather than retiring early, without affecting their eventual pension entitlement.

Mr Lane said that local authority package would cost£32m and had the support of shadow education secretary David Blunkett.

The paper says that Mr Blunkett had expressed interest on the understanding that the scheme did not add to costs.

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