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UK high school hires proofreaders to check teachers' spelling mistakes

London, Thu, 22 Nov 2012 ANI

London, Nov 22 (ANI): A school in Ipswich, England has hired proofreaders to check the spelling and grammar of its teachers.

The 1,720-pupil high school has hired "copy editors" to correct mistakes in pupils' school reports.

The school posted a job advert asking people to "check and amend the electronic reports to ensure that they are well written before being released to parents," the Mirror reported.

The school hopes to stop "spelling mistakes, poor or missing punctuation, incorrect capitalization [sic] and word spacing."

They will be paid 14.02 pounds an hour to work up to 20 days a year. Proofreaders will also advise staff how to improve their use of English.

"It's an insult to the teachers' intelligence that the county council employs proofreaders," Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said.

"If, on the other hand, the teachers can't spell and produce good written English, then why are they being employed?" he said.

But David Hutton, head of Northgate High School, said the school's excellent exam results proved they had great staff.

"Between them they produce literally thousands of well-written comments each year that keep parents informed about the progress of their children," he said.

"Making a final quality check prior to publication indicates the high level of professionalism we strive to achieve," he added. (ANI)


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