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Lecturers need more respect for the hours they put in

Regarding your recent article “Part time civils tutors needed” (NCE 14 February) and the letter from John Knibb (NCE 13 March). I would like to say that John makes some very important points regarding the demands of lecturing.

However, he omitted to say that all lecturers must hold a teaching qualification. If not then this will have to be obtained during their first few years of lecturing, probably in their own time and maybe at their own cost. This is a government requirement.

The suggestion that lecturers face 18 hours of teaching a week may be the case at universities but in colleges of further and higher education, it will be 24 to 26 hours a week. For every hour of lecturing, you will need another hour for preparing lectures or marking assignments. There are also of admin duties, so it is quite right that this could mean 90 hours per week.

Still, you will have all those wonderful long holidays to rest up. Sadly they amount to about 42 days now and you can only take them during school holidays.

It is little wonder that there is a shortage of civils tutors. I did warn the profession several years ago that there would be a shortage, and it could get worse.

 JOHN CLAYDON (M), City College Norwich, Norwich, Norfolk

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