HAVERING'S campaign to get married women back into teaching has been a disappointment but the general teacher recruitment campaign has been a big success, Chief Education Officer Mr. David Wilcockson, told the Education Committee last week.
The council intended arranging a short course for married women before they returned to teaching, but Mr. Wilcockson said: "It seems there is no need for a course of this kind.
''We have had only ten applications, some withdrew and others were unsuitable, leaving us with two ready to take up teaching again.
"There are only two children in the nursery class provided for married teachers," he continued. "We are hoping more will take advantage of it."
Turning to the general recruiting campaign, Mr. Wilcockson said: "It is more than we dared hope for. The position generally is good although we do need more teachers in particular fields."
Education Chairman Cllr. Norman Richards said there was a turnover of 200 teachers a year which was quite high, but congratulated Mr. Wilcockson on the success of the campaign.
"This turnover of teachers moving to and from the area is not confined to this district," a council spokesman told the ROMFORD TIMES. "Young people just qualified are bound to move as one post or another attracts them.
"The main thing is we are getting the teachers even though the campaign to get married women back was a bit of a disappointment."
The Mayor, Ald. Sydney Legg, is welcoming 200 of Havering's new teachers to the borough at a reception at the Hornchurch College of Further Education tonight.