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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.
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24 Dec 2005, 00:28
C by elimination (although not convinced about the argument/strength provided by choices).
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24 Dec 2005, 01:51
It has to be B, because when the Vargonian economy has been strong, almost 25 percent of Vargonian children have attended privately funded schools, which charge substantial fees.

People use to choose schools "free of charge", if their economical situation alters.
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24 Dec 2005, 02:53
The answer choices are not easy to understand. Had to read it more than once... change my answers a few times...

finally, I go with C.
B is possible but requires us to infer more than neccessary.
C gives a similar scenario of a previous recession. Sets a precedent.

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24 Dec 2005, 08:51
I would go with A.

The argument indicates that Student/Teacher ratio not to exceed in the schools.
A mentions that Student/Teacher ratio is increasing, In order to maintain the standard ratio, More number of teachers are required........and they cannot be laid of....... thus strengthening the conclusion that the teachers In Virginia wont be laid of during recession.

What's the OA for this?
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24 Dec 2005, 08:54
It should be 'C'.
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24 Dec 2005, 09:04
Kishore wrote:
I would go with A.

The argument indicates that Student/Teacher ratio not to exceed in the schools.
A mentions that Student/Teacher ratio is increasing, In order to maintain the standard ratio, More number of teachers are required........and they cannot be laid of....... thus strengthening the conclusion that the teachers In Virginia wont be laid of during recession.

What's the OA for this?

I would like to change my option to C. I realised that the student teacher ratio comprasion b/n this recession and the previous recession is of little use.....let alone strengthening....
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24 Dec 2005, 09:57
OA is C.
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24 Dec 2005, 12:11
Have read too much in it.
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24 Dec 2005, 16:10
nakib77 wrote:
OA is C.

Nakib, whats the OE?

I was also thinking C but when I read "current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded" in the main stem, then I thought even if now there are 20 % more teachers than those in times of recessions, government can not reduce student-teacher ratio in times of future recessions.

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