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SHEPHARD ACCUSES TEACHERS OF 'BUNKING OFF'

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Education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard has accused thousands of teachers of 'bunking off' from their c...
Education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard has accused thousands of teachers of 'bunking off' from their careers, claiming to be sick when they are not.

The Daily Telegraph (p1) reports that Ms Shephard accused the profession of 'gross abuse' of the early retirement provisions of the teachers' superannuation scheme.

She said that it was ludicrous that only one teacher in five now remained in the job until they were 60.

'I simply don't believe they're burnt out, especially as quite a large proportion of those who retire in their mid 50s are returning to the class room as temporary teachers,' Ms Shephard told the paper.

The Telegraph quotes education department figures which say that 13,000 teachers retired early last year costing the taxpayer an average of 37,000, or a total of£470m.
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