Nearly 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Education Secretary Michael Gove to return to the classroom for a term, ‘to see how the teaching profession really works’.
A petition on 38degrees.org has reached almost six figures for signatures, with campaigners calling for Gove to teach for a term ‘so he can help actually understand education’.
Amy Neill, a teacher who started the petition, believes Gove has ’no grasp on the education system’.
She wrote: ‘We would like you to teach a class of primary children for at least half a term in order to appreciate and respect what a challenging job we actually do.'
'It is absolutely absurd that, in this day and age, the secretary for education, who has the power to make important changes, has no grasp on the education system and what teachers do.'
The petition currently has more than 96,000 signatures, and is set to hit six figures within the next few days.
Petitioners who secure more than 100,000 signatures are considered for a House of Commons debate - although MPs regularly choose to ignore petition results.
The petition, which was started six months ago, has been signed by teachers, students, journalists and members of the public, among others.
One campaigner who signed, ‘Sam C’, said online: ‘Gove telling teachers how to teach is like a child telling a surgeon how to remove an appendix because they've played a game of operation.'
Some are not so keen at the idea, however.
Jenny Landreth commented on Twitter: ‘Sign petition for Gove to teach for a term? No way. Wouldn't put my kids through it, so can't ask other kids to endure it either.’
The Education Secretary has already come under fire this week after claiming the BBC sitcom 'Blackadder Goes Forth' 'belittled' Britain.
Mr Gove also claimed the comedy show also taught schoolchildren 'left-wing myths' about World War One.
Sir Tony Robinson, who played Baldrick in the iconic show, responded to Mr Gove's comments by saying the Education Secretary had made a 'very, very silly mistake'.