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In general, jobs are harder to get in times of economic [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 00:18
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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 Vargonia’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 Vargonia’s government-funded schools than had been employed in those schools in the period before the last economic recession.
D. Teachers in Vargonia’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.

OA: B. I answered A. :(
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Re: CR - Vargonia school [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 01:51
ricokevin wrote:
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 Vargonia’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 Vargonia’s government-funded schools than had been employed in those schools in the period before the last economic recession.
D. Teachers in Vargonia’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.

OA: B. I answered A. :(


Even i picked A.

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 05:10
It has to be b/w B and C...only these choices reduce the current student to teacher ratio...cant figure out the correct one though...any thoughts??
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Re: CR - Vargonia school [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 07:43
ricokevin wrote:
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 Vargonia’s government-funded schools is higher than it was during the most recent period of economic recession.

We are concerned with student-teacher ratio during recession only. This
choice is irrelevant to the argument.


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.

Right

C. Nearly 20 percent more teachers are currently employed in Vargonia’s government-funded schools than had been employed in those schools in the period before the last economic recession.

This is irrelevant again. It is comparing the teacher strengths during two prosperous periods - which is not central to the argument.


D. Teachers in Vargonia’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.

If the salaries remain consistently higher regardless of Vargonia's economic health - it builds a case for Teachers to stay with the school even during recession. However it doesn't say anything about whether students will be there or not. Hence not relevant.


E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government
permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded.

This would clearly WEAKEN the argument

OA: B. I answered A. :(



This is pretty tough.

Situation - The government will ensure TEACHERS are always available to teach - and a certain student-teacher ratio will be maintained - regardless of the state of economy.

This the govt proposes to do by giving free education in Govt Schools and ensuring salaries to the teachers. What happens if for some reason Children do not come to study in Govt schools even during recession? This is possible only if Private schools also teach student free of cost (well at any rate if the pvt schools charge a very nominal fee AND maintain better standards) - then the students would not come to Govt schools.

The only choice that clarifies and hence supports the conclusion is B which states that currently in better economic times (when parents can afford to have their children educated the costlier pvt schools) 25% children are studying in PVT schools AND that these schools charge much higher than Govt schools. Obviously then when recession hits - the students will per force flock to free education grounds provided by the Govt schools.

When students will be there - the Govt will ensure a student teacher ratio is maintained and hence the argument is strengthened.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 13:28
Excellent explanation, Dwivedys!
I was struggling to come up with the non-existent solution for C.

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 16:17
Thanks dwivedys! :)

Btw, higher student-teacher ratio means that there are fewer students per teacher, right?

It's confusing cuz fewer students per teacher is the good thing and "higher" generally implies a positive thing... :?

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Re: CR - Vargonia school [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 17:03
dwivedys wrote:
ricokevin wrote:
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 Vargonia’s government-funded schools is higher than it was during the most recent period of economic recession.

We are concerned with student-teacher ratio during recession only. This
choice is irrelevant to the argument.


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.

Right

C. Nearly 20 percent more teachers are currently employed in Vargonia’s government-funded schools than had been employed in those schools in the period before the last economic recession.

This is irrelevant again. It is comparing the teacher strengths during two prosperous periods - which is not central to the argument.


D. Teachers in Vargonia’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.

If the salaries remain consistently higher regardless of Vargonia's economic health - it builds a case for Teachers to stay with the school even during recession. However it doesn't say anything about whether students will be there or not. Hence not relevant.


E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government
permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded.

This would clearly WEAKEN the argument

OA: B. I answered A. :(



This is pretty tough.

Situation - The government will ensure TEACHERS are always available to teach - and a certain student-teacher ratio will be maintained - regardless of the state of economy.

This the govt proposes to do by giving free education in Govt Schools and ensuring salaries to the teachers. What happens if for some reason Children do not come to study in Govt schools even during recession? This is possible only if Private schools also teach student free of cost (well at any rate if the pvt schools charge a very nominal fee AND maintain better standards) - then the students would not come to Govt schools.

The only choice that clarifies and hence supports the conclusion is B which states that currently in better economic times (when parents can afford to have their children educated the costlier pvt schools) 25% children are studying in PVT schools AND that these schools charge much higher than Govt schools. Obviously then when recession hits - the students will per force flock to free education grounds provided by the Govt schools.

When students will be there - the Govt will ensure a student teacher ratio is maintained and hence the argument is strengthened.


For a change I got this one right :)
My Logic: Bad economy->On a budget->So costt cutting measures inthe family->Children will go to Public school->Nos of students will increase->More teachers will be hired to maintain the ratio
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 18:28
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Thanks dwivedys! :)

Btw, higher student-teacher ratio means that there are fewer students per teacher, right? --> Well it's actually MORE students per teacher -- Higher student teacher ratio for example 15/10 or 10/10 ; 15/10 is higher student to teacher ratio which means more students per teacher.

It's confusing cuz fewer students per teacher is the good thing and "higher" generally implies a positive thing... :? Unfortunately - here we just stick to basic Math and rely on the regular definition - higher ratio would in any case always mean the HIGHER Numerator or conversely LOWER denominator.

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 19:12
Nothing left to explain after dwivedys explaination :lol: .
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 22:35
Yup dwivedys is the CR man...he keeps on knocking the CRs out of the park... :)
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2007, 22:08
The answer is B.

Bye the way dwivedy explained it very nicely.
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Re: In general, jobs are harder to get in times of economic [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2014, 22:14
Tough question but with nice explanation, Bump it up。
Re: In general, jobs are harder to get in times of economic   [#permalink] 11 Feb 2014, 22:14
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