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Graduate teachers to get student loans paid

Published: Wednesday, 09 December 2009   Category: Public sector

University leavers taking up graduate jobs in teaching will not have to pay back their student loans if the Conservative party take power at the next election.

Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove claimed that former students with a first or 2:1 degree who remain in teaching will have their graduate debts written off.

The Tories hope that the scheme will encourage more young people to become teachers, helping with the current shortage of such staff and allowing more school students to be taught by experts.

Mr Gove said: "We will have a new generation of specialist maths and science teachers. We will have a generation of teachers who have made a commitment to the long-term and thus we will diminish the churn that characterises our system now."

Higher Education Careers Services Unit figures show that 14 per cent more graduate job hunters are looking towards the education sector in the tough economic climate, Human Resources magazine recently reported.

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