THE EDITOR, Sir:
There is an estimated 2,000 trained teachers who are unable to find employment in our nation's schools, and there is, understandably, a certain amount of panic among those now being trained in that discipline.
I believe that the schools of tomorrow will require fewer teachers, not more, in a revolutionised educational system.
Within the setting of a common curriculum, a few master teachers can efficiently deliver content to a multiplicity of secondary schools via satellite, necessitating only a limited number of persons for the occasional tutorials.
Similarly, within the individual schools, lessons can also be delivered by closed circuit to all students in a particular grade instead of having a number of classes within the same grade.
The Internet has revolutionised our attitude in the purchasing of airline tickets and our use of the traditional library, but the delivery of educational content in our schools remain moribund.
Let it not be said that there is a vested interest in allowing things to remain as they are in the educational system. We are living in a rapidly changing world, and today there is the need for us to do things smarter if we are going to survive and remain competitive.