Teach­ers to be let off pay­ing stu­dent loans

The Sunday Telegraph - - Brexit - By Christo­pher Hope

TEACH­ERS are to be let off re­pay­ing their stu­dent loans to deal with a loom­ing short­age and to help tackle anger about low lev­els of pub­lic sec­tor pay, un­der plans be­ing drawn up by min­is­ters.

Jus­tine Green­ing, the Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary, last week un­veiled plans for a stu­dent loan re­im­burse­ment pro­gramme for 2,500 sci­ence and modern for­eign lan­guage teach­ers in the early years of their ca­reer.

Un­der Ms Green­ing’s plans, which were an­nounced the fol­low­ing day at the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence, a typ­i­cal teacher in their fifth year of work would ben­e­fit by around £540 through the re­im­burse­ment scheme, and an­other £360 a year from an in­crease in the thresh­old re- pay­ment. How­ever, of­fi­cials are hop­ing to ex­pand the scheme to other sub­ject ar­eas to tackle teacher short­ages. The party’s man­i­festo in June sug­gested that the loans dis­count scheme could be ex­panded to all teach­ers.

The news came as Sir John Ma­jor, the for­mer prime min­is­ter, called for changes in “timid” gov­ern­ment poli­cies – such as scrap­ping the “un­fair and un­for­giv­ing” Uni­ver­sal Credit wel­fare re­forms – to counter Labour at­tacks.

Writ­ing in the Mail on Sun­day, Sir John warned that the Tories were seen as “heart­less” by some be­cause “Right-wing, pro-Brexit re­ac­tionar­ies” con­trolled the party. Jus­ti­fy­ing his plea for a big rise in spend­ing, Sir John said the Gov­ern­ment’s cur­rent “piece­meal, timid, toein-the-wa­ter ap­proach” was not brave enough.

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