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10.14221/ajte.1984v9n2.3

Abstract

On the face of it planning the supply of teachers for Australian schools by estimating the supply of, and demand for, primary and secondary teachers in Government and non-Government schools seems eminently rational. With inflation curbing public spending, with political support for public spending on education eroding, with a consequent tightening of educational budgets, and a new austerity demanding that there be no surpluses - that nothmg more be produced than what is required for the purposes in hand - what more needs to be said? If educational plannmg is ratonal, and, in particular, if it is rational that forecasts of future long-run equilibria in teacher demand and supply should provide a basis for planning teachers for Australian schools, then rational people must endorse such an approach. To dissent would be irrational. Or would it?

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