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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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23 Sep 2004, 21:07
I will go for C. Essentially, this means that there are more students getting educated and since the student-teacher ratio need to be maintained - more students joining would mean more teachers needed. C emphasizes this effect.
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23 Sep 2004, 21:28
Good one.

A.
Between A and C, I choose A, since "20% more teachers" in C does not mean better teacher-student ratio; students count might have decreased.

venksune wrote:
I will go for C. Essentially, this means that there are more students getting educated and since the student-teacher ratio need to be maintained - more students joining would mean more teachers needed. C emphasizes this effect.
venksune, how did you arrive at this?
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23 Sep 2004, 21:51
Ok let me see if I can explain well..

1. The stimulus says the following - recession, (means typical loss of jobs), however a twist to the teachers situation because of the new law. However, the law has a restraint that the student - teacher ratio not be increased.

2. So, if we need to strengthen the argument - it would mean we need something that says that the recession had no -ve neffect on the teachers job - it would be even more great if we see something that says that the law actually had a +ve effect of teachers jobs.

3. If you look at A (which was my first hunch), it says that the student teacher ratio is higher - means that there are more students than teachers (S/T as per math)

4. C says that the 20% more teachers are there in schools (means the recession is not applying to teacher jobs) - what can be the reason? More students and hence need for more teachers. Why is the surge in strudent population? - may be the law makes it easy.

I thought C made sense. Again, a s endnote - pls free to let me know if my analysis is bull.
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23 Sep 2004, 22:06
marine 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 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.

Hmmm...i am way off on this one i think...but i will present my thoughts anyways....

Conclusion: will probably not reduce the availability of teaching jobs at government-funded schools
Evidence: Because current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded and free of charge.
So i would pick B since what it says is when there is a recession more students will attend government schools...thus more teachers will be hired.
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23 Sep 2004, 22:43
I am confused on thi sone. But will just disagreee on one point.
venksune wrote:
However, the law has a restraint that the student - teacher ratio not be increased.

The law's clause that "student-teacher ratio cannot be exceeded" is in support of the teacher's recruitment. I am convinced by your S/T explanation. But, the stem says "free of charge, ...., and (not However as you had pointed) that current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded."

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23 Sep 2004, 23:48
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.
- Does not tell us more teachers are hired.

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.
- Not useful

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.
- This will help make the student-teacher ratio in check. More students are expected, so to keep th ratios, more teachers need to be hired.

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.
- Out of scope

E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded.
- Not useful

C is my choice.
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24 Sep 2004, 07:15
OA is C
24 Sep 2004, 07:15
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