And is that right?
I really got a bit het up when I realised that someone had got a job and working visa with a degree that they had awarded to themselves , and I even thought about dobbing him in with the visa authorities. I’m still considering it, but in the meantime I started to ponder the rights and wrongs of needing a university qualification in order to have legal permission to get students to practise Present Simple or to collect a couple of errors while students discuss the environment.
First of all, I have to admit that when it comes to eliciting the Present Perfect Continuous and organising Find Someone Who, having got, say, a 2:2 in Physics and a taste for beer at a mid-ranking British uni is not going to help at all. I should therefore probably support people who find any way at all around the silly need for a BA in Anything to be able to move to Japan and sing Head Shoulders Knees and Toes for money.
However, having studied the Higgs Boson is equally unimportant for the chartered accountancy and computer programming jobs that my uni classmates got due to having BScs in physics. More importantly, anything that reduces the already low entrance requirements of our “profession” is something that will help bring down our already extremely low working conditions. It would be nice if the entrance requirements were proper teaching qualifications, but in the meantime I guess a degree is a fair thing to ask for from an English teacher when we’d be almost certainly complain about having to be served by a doctor, dentist or “real teacher” who had stopped school at 18 and later took an unaccredited three-month online course.