Project to help refugees qualify as teachers in Scotland to be scrapped

Their part in terms of introducing culture and experience was well recognized
27th January 2011: Refugees going back to school to qualify as teachers in Scotland may soon find themselves up against the wall.
For a project to lend a hand to the refugees to qualify as teachers in Scotland is scheduled to be scrapped in March.

The closing down of the chapter is significant as the contribution of refugees to the education system in terms of introducing variety of culture and experience is well recognized.

Ever since it was set up in 2005, funding for Refugees into Teaching has facilitated more than 300 qualified people to take up the classroom jobs.

Reacting to the development, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association Ann Ballinger says refugees bring a huge benefit to education, introducing variety of culture and experience and this will inevitably be to the detriment of pupil experience.

Describing it as very disappointing news, Scottish Refugee Council’s director of policy and communications Simon Hodgson says the project was an extremely valuable one, which helped many talented teachers with a refugee background find positions within Scottish schools.

A Scottish Government spokesman, on the other hand, said there was never a guarantee funding could be extended beyond 2010-11, but the door is by no means shut for refugee teachers.

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