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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

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The answer is B, because during the recession, children will switch from school privately fund which charge substantial fee to school free of charge fund by the government, so the ratio student to teacher will increase, and provoke more need in term of teacher.
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D and E are clearly irrelevant.

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 comparison is useless unless its a recent situation VS current situation. And does that support the conclusion? Absolutely not !
Conclusion : The teaching jobs @ Govt funded schools will NOT reduce due to future economic recession.

A is pretty much outside the scope since the passage didn't gave us any data about the ratio. May be that ratio will not be maintained in the future. Who knows?

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I narrowed to B and C but selected C because i felt that B calls for a leap of assumption.

I have same reasoning as vudsri000 for C.

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The answer is B, because during the recession, children will switch from school privately fund which charge substantial fee to school free of charge fund by the government, so the ratio student to teacher will increase, and provoke more need in term of teacher.

and why do you assume that children will switch from private to public during economic recession?
For me that is assuming TO MUCH.
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24 Dec 2009, 12:33
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24 Dec 2009, 21:25
I choose "A" because current student-teacher ratio is higher than it was during the recent economic recession. This implies that studen teacher ratio can't be increased any further and all children have to study. So teacher will be needed and they won't loose the job even during the recession.
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24 Dec 2009, 21:27
ludwigfraboulet wrote:
The answer is B, because during the recession, children will switch from school privately fund which charge substantial fee to school free of charge fund by the government, so the ratio student to teacher will increase, and provoke more need in term of teacher.

But Govt. legalized that studen teacher ratio should not exceed!
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25 Dec 2009, 06:55
OA is...
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B. ludwigfraboulet provided the right explanation
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29 Jul 2010, 22:38
B is correct.
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01 Aug 2010, 19:51
I went for C ....explanation for B ,,,,is good ......but taking a similar assumption there is a similar no. of students during last recession ....teachers increased by nearly 20% ....so i felt it C......
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02 Aug 2010, 00:45
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B is correct.

could you elaborate on that, taking into account my previous post?
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02 Aug 2010, 12:10
I narrowed to B and C but selected C because i felt that B calls for a leap of assumption.

I have same reasoning as vudsri000 for C.
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17 Aug 2010, 04:48
I chose C as well . B is an assumption that children will switch to free eduction during times of recession .

Can someone please explain why the OA is B ?
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17 Aug 2010, 06:50
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I chose C as well . B is an assumption that children will switch to free eduction during times of recession .

Can someone please explain why the OA is B ?

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17 Aug 2010, 07:40
Well, I disagree. IMO A,
B cannot be true because we are making many assumptions.
1) The students will switch from Pvt to Govt.
2) The parents will consider that "Cheaper Education" is better during recession, and will clearly ignore the Educational aspects for the sake of Assumption. They may decide that cut mis expenditure, but provide good education to children !!!!
3) What if those 25% just quit the school, and do not join any School !!!

Now as the support of A goes. The option clearly states that Ratio of Students: Teacher = is MORE. and "This is because Vargonia has just introduced a legal requirement "
Its clear that to fulfill the requirement, Teaching jobs @ Govt schools have to Increase.
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17 Aug 2010, 11:30
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Well, I disagree. IMO A,
B cannot be true because we are making many assumptions.
1) The students will switch from Pvt to Govt.
2) The parents will consider that "Cheaper Education" is better during recession, and will clearly ignore the Educational aspects for the sake of Assumption. They may decide that cut mis expenditure, but provide good education to children !!!!
3) What if those 25% just quit the school, and do not join any School !!!

Now as the support of A goes. The option clearly states that Ratio of Students: Teacher = is MORE. and "This is because Vargonia has just introduced a legal requirement "
Its clear that to fulfill the requirement, Teaching jobs @ Govt schools have to Increase.

could you elaborate a little bit more?
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17 Aug 2010, 11:43
+1 for B.

Conclusion: Future Recession will probably wont reduce the availability of teaching jobs at Govt-funded schools

Evidence/Support to the conclusion:
(1) Free of charge
(2) Student/Teacher ratio not to be exceed.

The one that may effect the (2) above is answer:B, because of the switch from Pvt schools to Govt school.

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30 Aug 2010, 00:52
A: The current student-teacher ratio at Vargonia's government-funded schools is higher
from the stem:that current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded.

combined: the current ratio, even though is higher than that in previous recession , is the standard ratio which is not to be exceeded. Therefore, current ratio does not guarantee that more teachers will be likely to be hired in the future. Slightly weakening I'd say...
If the future ratio is higher, then there will be more hiring of the teachers. So, to ensure more hiring, we have to increase the number of student in the public school in the future,hence B.

Having said that, I too chose A...just because it looked good, under pressure .
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30 Aug 2010, 02:43
My logic:
In terms of recession, mant students quit school irrespective of the free or paid education. This reduces the no of students and hence the student-teacher ratio was affected. Hence schools were closed as no students turned up to study.

B clealy states that the no of students even in case of recession went to paid schools. So the no of students to free schools would be more. In such a scenario, the student-teacher ratio would not atleast decrease.
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