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The current student-teacher ratio at Vargoniaâ€™s government-funded schools is higher than it was during the most recent period of economic recession.
If the current student-teacher ratio is 100/10 (i.e. 10 teachers for 100 students), then it follows (unlike ywilfred's thoughts in his first explanation) that if this ratio (100/10) were higher than during recession, then more teachers were employed. For 100/10 to be greater than a ratio, 100/x (where x is the no. of teachers), then x must be greater than 10.
Generally speaking, (A) offers typical statistics that support the argument.
IMO, the other choices are either out-of-scope or unnecessary. The reasoning being applied to (B) is like building a castle from nothing! Hmmm, i wish the OA were available.
I do see where you getting at here. You're treating the current situation given in choice (A) as 'future' (as required by the passage) and the recently passed resession at 'past' - the reasoning I made in my later threads.
Unfortunately, we do not have the OA for this one. I'll have a look at my CR bank and see if this one pops up. If so, I'll post the OA (no guarantees though )
In general, jobs are harder to get in times of economic recession because many businesses cut back operations. However, any future recessions in Vargonia will probably not reduce the availability of teaching jobs at government-funded schools. This is because Vargonia has just introduced a legal requirement that education in government-funded schools be available, free of charge, to all Vargonian children regardless of the state of the economy, and that current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded.
Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?
A. The current student-teacher ratio at Vargoniaâ€™s government-funded schools is higher than it was during the most recent period of economic recession. B. During recent periods when the Vargonian economy has been strong, almost 25 percent of Vargonian children have attended privately funded schools, many of which charge substantial fees. C. Nearly 20 percent more teachers are currently employed in Vargoniaâ€™s government-funded schools than had been employed in those schools in the period before the last economic recession. D. Teachers in Vargoniaâ€™s government-funded schools are well paid relative to teachers in most privately funded schools in Vargonia, many of which rely heavily on part-time teachers. E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded.
The requirement of newly passed legislation in Vargonia (from stem) is that current 'student-teacher' ratio should not exceed--> tells that if number of students increases or that of teacher decreases it would violate the requirement..