According to the most recent statistics published by the Department of Education and Skills (2016-2017), there is a shortage of teachers available to teach in key subject areas. Minister for Education Richard Bruton has come under pressure of late to tackle the general shortage of teachers and in particular the shortage of teachers teaching key subjects such as Irish, Home Economics, Physics and European Languages.
Mr Burton has also highlighted the importance of having significant number of teachers in the STEM subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This issue has been addressed in the department’s recent report on STEM Education here.
Some schemes and suggestions being discussed to address the shortages include covering the cost of a teaching qualification for those who already have obtained degrees in areas such as physics and maths.
Other suggestions include upskilling existing teachers to carry out new roles and offering incentives to those coming out of college with applicable qualifications. Mr. Bruton is looking ahead with immediate effect to address the teacher shortage in key subject areas and he aims to start looking at new initiatives this year.
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