Teacher shortage at 'crisis level'


Principal Council representative John Russell is urging the government to increase salaries for teachers.

Mr Russell asserts we have a “teacher shortage crisis”, based on a "triple whammy" of factors.

An aging workforce leading to greater levels of teacher retirement combined with teachers leaving to take up more financially rewarding roles elsewhere were identified as lead causes. In addition, less new students are being drawn into studying teaching.

Mr Russell believes at least a 5 percent pay rise is necessary immediately to alleviate teacher shortages, but that would only be an interim measure.

A survey conducted by the Principals Council found that 80% of principals have struggled to fill vacancies or have had to make ‘compromising appointments’ due to staff shortages.

Mr Russell spoke about the issue with James Coleman on First@Five.