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In the last 40 years fewer than 20 teachers have been struck off for incompetence in the whole of the UK.
That is despite registered teacher numbers totalling around 500,000 and the fact that education experts put the figure of bad and failing teachers at closer to 15,000.
Panorama's investigation has uncovered an informal system which has allowed incompetent teachers to be 'recycled' - moved on to teaching jobs in other schools - rather than being subjected to a formal process to test competency.
The story has provoked great reaction in online debates and in the media.
There seems to be a consensus of opinion that not enough is being done to address incompetent teachers.
The Independent reports on the new chairman of the House of Commons select committee on education, Graham Stuart's comment that head teachers and senior school management "need to gird their loins and get the person out so they don't damage anyone's education".
Others take a more hard line approach, calling the current system "a cosy conspiracy".
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