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Schools under pressure amid teacher shortages

Aug 14, 2023 13:02 By News Northern Sound
Schools under pressure amid teacher shortages
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Over 1000 primary and secondary school positions are lying unfilled nationwide today.

The Department of Education's under fire for 'not grappling' with a shortage of teachers.

There are currently 643 primary school jobs advertised on the Education posts website, with 456 jobs on offer at secondary schools across the country.

Labour's Aodhán Ó Riordáin says many children won't now be educated by trained teachers when the new term starts in just a few weeks time.

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He says educators can't find housing, especially in the capital. Over 1000 primary and secondary school positions are lying unfilled nationwide today, according to educationposts.ie.

A chronic shortage of housing and high cost of living are among the reasons blamed.

Noel Daly, Principal of Portlaoise College, says schools outside cities are benefiting from a migration of teachers.

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