Cork teacher says the shortage...


Cork teacher says the shortage of substitute teachers is at a crisis point

Lana O'Connor
Lana O'Connor

09:11 17 Nov 2023

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A Cork primary school teacher says the shortage of substitute teachers is the worst she has ever seen

Primary schools across the country are facing severe staffing shortages which is impacting the day to day operation of schools

School management says the shortage, which is at crisis level, means covering absences is very challenging

Edel Polly of the Cork branch of the Irish National Teachers Organisation told RedFM News that the crisis is deepening

"We are short  approximately 1000 substitute teachers per day based on the Department of Education figures from this time last year. I'm hearing from Cork schools that the shortage is far worse this year. So we're calling on the government to make the profession more attractive enough to entice the teachers who are not practising here, to come back to teach in our Irish schools, and that's the only way really to resolve this in the short term"

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