Rising difficulties around the recruitment and retention of teachers across a range of subjects in post primary schools.

The National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) is concerned at the emergence of difficulties around the recruitment and retention of teachers across a range of subjects in post primary schools.

Recent reports and statistics from the managerial bodies, the higher education institutes and teacher unions consistently cite difficulties in recruiting teachers in a growing list of second level subjects including Irish, Modern Languages, Home Economics and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

In terms of teacher recruitment, it has been reported that there has been a 62% fall in applicants to post primary teaching since 2011. Retention of those in the system also appears to be an issue, with a TUI survey last year finding that 29% of recent entrants to the profession did not see themselves in the job in ten years’ time.

Clearly, the subject choice available to students in schools around the Country is limited if teachers cannot be recruited in certain subject areas and service to students is inevitably negatively affected if serving teachers choose to leave the profession for other forms of employment.

We urge all the education stakeholders to engage in seeking a fair, sustainable and lasting solution to these issues to ensure a top-quality education is available to our young people now and into the future.

 

Geoffrey Browne
President NPCpp

 


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