Commenting on the statistics, Lord James said: 'It is the Government's policy to try to achieve, so far as possible, an appropriate balance between teacher supply and demand. Despite some short-term surpluses, we have succeeded in keeping teacher supply broadly in balance in recent years. I am pleased to note the increase in the number of teachers qualifying in recent years is in line with projected demands for teachers.'
It is estimated that around 2,340 people qualified as school teachers from Scottish Colleges of Education in session 1992-93, an increase of 408 (21%) on 1991-92, and the highest level since 1970-80.
These figures are published today by The Scottish Education Department in a statistical bulletin entitled 'Pre-Service School Teacher Training 1993'.
Of the newly trained teachers who qualified in 1992, 57% of primary graduates and 53 per cent of secondary graduates were known to be teaching in Scotland by March 1993. This represents an improvement in the secondary sector compared with last year, but a decline in the primary sector. Unemployment in both sectors was marginally lower in 1992 compared to 1991.