Italy thaws longtime hiring freeze for teachers

12/21/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Recent examinations to fill teaching positions in Italy resulted in 321,000 people applying for 11,500 available jobs. The exams -- the first to be administered using computers -- typically are held every three years, but have been postponed for years due to tight budgets and hiring freezes that limited prospects for new teachers. Now, however, some critics question the usefulness of an exam in determining who is qualified to teach.

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