A government advisory panel has drawn up a report urging universities to send only students with a genuine desire to teach to elementary, junior high and high schools for training, because unmotivated students cause problems for school staff, panel members said Wednesday.
Students at teacher-training colleges or majoring in education at universities must take student-teaching courses in schools to get a license.
An expert panel at the Central Council for Education says in the report that universities should select only students who are eager to be teachers before sending them to schools for student-teaching.
About 122,000 new graduates obtained teachers’ licenses in the 2004 academic year, which ended March 31 2005, but only 20,000 went on to teach at public schools, according to the education ministry.
Many of those who get teaching licenses are thought to do so mainly to bolster their resumes or to keep their career options open.
Many schools have complained about the burden of taking on poor or unmotivated prospects for student-teaching assignments.
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