Having worked in a few jobs in my time, you soon get a feel for judging people’s competence as it relates to you and how they do their jobs. With engineers who do maintenance there are essentially two schools, those who adhere to the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” method and those who when dealing with a service will strip something down to its component parts and rebuild it. Both have their advantages and both their potential problems, but both will give you a general idea about the competence of the engineers involved with either the fault to running ratio or the fact that when it’s rebuilt it works first time every time. You soon spot the bad/lazy engineers by the fact that you trail around after them and sooner or later the company will act and remove the incompetent (sometimes by promotion) if only because the other engineers refuse to work with them, same with people who have a lackadaisical attitude to safety and cleanliness. Sadly when it comes to other professions, different rules apply.
Some 740 teachers were accused of inadequacy over the past 18 months according to a survey of 82 Local Education Authorities (LEAs) – a figure that would equate to almost 1,600 if repeated across England and Wales.
But during the same period heads sacked just 154 teachers in the 82 LEAs surveyed, equal to 327 across the country or about four a week over the last year and a half.
Education experts said excessive red tape and the strength of teaching unions meant it was too hard to sack underperforming staff.
Instead many school leaders play “pass the parcel” with poor teachers, encouraging them to move to other schools ensuring they remain in the classroom “year after year”, it was claimed.
The new figures, obtained by the Sunday Times under the Freedom of Information Act, show that compared with the 154 teachers who were sacked, 174 resigned from their positions.
A further 132 cases remain unclosed and the remainder either kept their jobs or retired.
Teaching unions said teachers were being “managed out of the classroom” and accused heads of moving teachers to different posts instead of ordering official capability hearings.
But Prof Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said: “Too many poor teachers remain in their jobs year after year after year. They do harm. We owe it to the children to intervene effectively.”
Current restrictions make it “nearly impossible” to prove a teacher is not up to standard, and coupled with this are “strong” unions who defend members vigorously, he said.
No, I don’t blame the unions for defending their members to the best of their abilities, what I do blame is the culture and regulations which the unions take advantage of to keep the incompetent in place. Education is far to important to this countries future to allow those who cannot educate to remain within the system. There are enough procedures and safeguards within the current employment system to prevent capricious sackings for all areas of employment but yet again it seems to be the public sectors where incompetence is allowed to flourish at the expense of the average punter who is paying for the services provided. No, I’m not suggesting wholesale sackings either, it might be that some people can be rehabilitated and certainly we need a system where incompetence, lack of confidence and general unsuitability can be identified and corrected. If there are up to 1600 incompetent teachers still in the profession, then it’s 1600 too many, you’d expect to find a few and those few to be dealt with as swiftly as a just system can manage. The left (and socialism) has wrecked an education system by over regulation and protectionism, coupled with a diluting of core values to the state where this countries future is threatened (possibly their plan in the first place) but their lack of foresight has allowed a well educated elite to run/ruin the country and no-one from the real working class is educated enough to step in and prevent this from happening any more.
Perhaps this was the plan after all, certainly it was part of the Frankfurt Schools agenda, though I suspect they’ve been refined over the years by other powers, after all an ill educated underclass kept happy with bread and circuses would never be a threat to them (they think) but that way will lead to decline and barbarism as happened with too many civilisations in the past.
Perhaps it really is time for a revolution whilst we still can…