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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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10 Feb 2008, 06:48
I'm not sure. I pick out D.
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10 Feb 2008, 09:42
B?

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10 Feb 2008, 11:30
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i ll go with B because to maintain constant student to teacher ratio when the number of students increase, the teachers have to be recruited. and the students increase wud come from the fact that the 25% of the students who are in private schools wud join government schools because of free education.

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10 Feb 2008, 14:19
Conclusion:Any future recessions in Vargonia will probably not reduce the availability of teaching jobs at government-funded schools. Reasons: legal reqirement that education in government schools be fee, current student-teacher ratio not be exceeded

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.[Current student to teacher ration is highest and be maintained – And during the recession enrollments to public schools will be higher than during good economic times - Hold it]

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.[Irrelevant to the argument – eliminate it]

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.[Fine, but this has no indication that the future recession will preserve the jobs – eliminate it]

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.[Techers pay is out of the scope of argument – eliminate it]

E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded[Weaken – this weakens the argument – eliminate it]

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10 Feb 2008, 20:51
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Conclusion:Any future recessions in Vargonia will probably not reduce the availability of teaching jobs at government-funded schools. Reasons: legal reqirement that education in government schools be fee, current student-teacher ratio not be exceeded

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.[Current student to teacher ration is highest and be maintained – And during the recession enrollments to public schools will be higher than during good economic times - Hold it]

OA is A but I still can't catch. Can you explain? Thanks.
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11 Feb 2008, 00:37
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Let’s assume current student to teacher ratio is 20. That is, for every 20 students we have one teacher. During a recession, public school enrollment won't decrease. On contrary, most working professional or private school students (because of high fee) tend to move to a public school. This intern increases number of students which potentially increases teachers or provides a greater job security.
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11 Feb 2008, 04:07
hanumayamma wrote:
Let’s assume current student to teacher ratio is 20. That is, for every 20 students we have one teacher. During a recession, public school enrollment won't decrease. On contrary, most working professional or private school students (because of high fee) tend to move to a public school. This intern increases number of students which potentially increases teachers or provides a greater job security.

great job. I found it very difficult. kudo
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11 Feb 2008, 04:57
A is comparing ratio to the last economic recession and I find it irrelevant because we can not relate last recession to the coming recession. Neither we know the severity of last economic recession nor of the coming one that makes any comparison irrelevant.

stuents teacher ratio:
last recession: 10 current: 20 (to be maintained)
Therefore if the number of stuents increase, number of available teachers must increase.

OR

last recession: 20 current: 10 (to be maintained)
Therefore if the number of stuents increase, number of available teachers must increase.

Actually this is dependent only on the current ratio and not in any way to the ratio at the time of last recession.
Point is whatever is the current ratio should be maintained if number of students increase.
Comparison with last recession is also irrelevant because there was no free education available at that time.
How can we say that not all the students were already studying in public schools, may be 100% of the students were studying at publich schools then no new jobs will be created at the time of recession.

I don't think B is irrelevant. Actually B gives more credibility to the assumption that more students will enroll to the public schools because of economic recession and in truen more teaching jobs will be available to maintain the current ratio. With this option we know that not all of the students were studying at public schools.

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11 Feb 2008, 07:05
The conclustion is that 'any future recessions in Vargonia will probably not reduce the availability of teaching jobs at government-funded schools.'

One of the premises states 'that current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded'.

The ratio last year is irrelevant because we are only looking to maintain the current student teacher ratio.

So in order to ensure the availibility of future teaching jobs at the current ratios we must find a way to unsure that we will have more students. More students = More teachers.

Statment B indicates that 25% of the students during good economic times go to private school who charge substantial fees. If there is an economic recession, some of these students will need to attend public schools and consequently there will need to be more teachers to maintain the current ratios.
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