High Number Of Vacant Teaching...


High Number Of Vacant Teaching Posts, Particularly In Dublin

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Schools will be under pressure when the new term begins in a few weeks time because of a shortage of teachers.

There are currently around 650 primary school jobs and 450 secondary schools jobs that haven't been filled according to

Labour's Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Riordáin says the Department of Education isn't doing anything about it.

“This is about the housing crisis,” Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin told Newstalk.

“A huge amount of this is about tackling the housing crisis effectively and understanding that teachers should be able to live and work in Dublin.

“Unfortunately, that’s not the case.”

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said officials needed to take a more proactive approach to the crisis in order to mitigate it.

“It appears the Department of Education is allowing this to continue,” he said.

“There are solutions out there, we’ve spoken in the Labour Party about a Dublin allowance that would encourage more teachers to be able to live in Dublin.

“But certainly this is a problem that the Department hasn’t grappled with at all.

“As a result, schools can’t staff themselves and children are not going to be educated by trained teachers come September.”

The Department of Education has been contacted for comment.

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