London: Hundreds of
new schoolteachers in Britain are going to teach pupils in their
classrooms despite having struggled themselves up to 39 attempts
to clear even basic literacy and numeracy tests.
Trainee teachers are required to pass the online tests to qualify
for their chosen profession. But many of them are joining schools
despite having repeatedly failed straightforward online tests of
their basic skills, the Daily Mail reported.
Eight percent of the candidates needed to take three or more
re-sits before they passed the literacy test, a number that
increases to 10 percent for the numeracy test. According to
figures released by the department Of education, some teachers
took more than 10 attempts before finally passing.
One teacher sat the literacy test a total of 36 times before
finally passing, while another candidate had 39 attempts at the
numeracy test, it has been revealed.
The tests, taken on a computer at a registered teacher training
centre, are designed to ensure all teachers have the basic skills
required to carry out their duties, such as working out class
grades or writing report letters.
As per this year's figures, a total of 6,740 teachers needed to
re-sit the literacy exam and 6,440 had to have a second go at the
numeracy test. Of these, 760 required five or more attempts at the
literacy paper, with 40 logging 10 or more attempts to pass.
In the numeracy test, 1,290 teachers made five or more attempts to
pass the computer test, with 160 taking up the exam 10 times or
The literacy test checks applicants on their punctuation, grammar,
comprehension and spelling on words such as 'available',
'immediately', 'receipt', 'argumentative' and 'accommodates'.