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EARLY RETIREMENT FOR TEACHERS IS NOT 'A RIGHT' SAYS MAJOR

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John Major has given public backing to education secretary Gillian Shephard's policy changes on teachers' early ret...
John Major has given public backing to education secretary Gillian Shephard's policy changes on teachers' early retirement, the Guardian reports (p8).

Shephard's decision to axe the central funding of early retirement deals has angered teachers and led to a rush of applications before the March deadline.

Major told teachers in his Huntingdon constituency: 'We simply do not believe that four out of five teachers are all incapable of teaching until the age of 60'.

Last week, in a letter to a local teacher, he said that an important aim was to retain older, more experienced teachers in the profession.

'There will still be plenty of scope for employers to retire those teachers who are genuinely burnt out', he said. 'I am aware that many teachers seem to regard early retirement as a right but that has never been the case'.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers is seeking a judicial review of attempts by the Department of Education to block retirement deals.

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