The plans arose after Mr Cameron has repeatedly warned by the education sector that too many British youngsters are failing to get jobs because they leave school with poor English and Maths qualifications. One Education Minister told The Telegraph: “It’s a very attractive idea. We have a big shortage particularly of high quality Maths, English and Engineering Teachers.”
However, some school heads did express concern over health issues for the older candidate and the associated costs of insuring them: “Health and health insurance are big issues. Disability coverage is not allowed over 60 and health insurance skyrockets,” reports one school head.
Another school director from an African country agrees, “I think that an older candidate must demonstrate physical fitness...I really feel that that is the main issue. A fit, active (coaching?) older candidate would have a good chance at my school.”
In fact, the same survey revealed that some school heads and recruiters are eager to hire older candidates with extensive experience and the wisdom that can only come with age. “While the job search investigate is challenging, teachers can definitely find positions, particularly at the high school level where rigorous academic courses require experience. Experienced administrators are also in a good position if health is not an issue,” one school head explained.
Educating young people should be a priority for the entire country, but there needs to be some balance between using the maturity of the older generation to counteract children and teenagers, and exhausting the retired who have earnt their pension and time to themselves. To form this balance, experience and knowledge need to be paramount.
Marianne Calnan (Social Media & Marketing Administrator)