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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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24 May 2008, 09:55
B

Recession will cause people to choose Free public schools over expensive private schools. Public schools will need more teachers to meet the quota ratio.
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24 May 2008, 10:31
Many of those rich people who are sending their kids to private schools will go back to the public school when the economy gonna tank and that will increase the ratio and by law we need to maintain this ratio. So in bad times they have to hire more teachers.

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25 May 2008, 00:21
B.

Not totally sure, but B made an inference that recession will actually create more jobs at public-funded schools.
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25 May 2008, 02:22
saravalli 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. [conclusion] 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.<-- actually weakens the argument - the ratio should be LOWER to strengthen
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. <-- a recession may lead to more students going to public schools - but this is too much of a logic gap.
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. <-- More teachers employed now shows an uptrend of teachers.

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. <-- irrelevant
E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded. <-- irrelevant.
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25 May 2008, 04:47
I would go for B

I will not go for C b'coz, the passage is talking about 'any future recessions' and answer choice C is taking about the present conditions and if the ratio is not met, then they would stop hiring teachers.
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25 May 2008, 05:31
ah, one of my most hated questions ... asked on here on more than a few occasions, and Ive seen multiple OAs. My answer is C though
Re: CR - recession   [#permalink] 25 May 2008, 05:31
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