I read this today on the ABC website.
The ACT Government says it has strong measures in place to ensure Canberra is not affected by a nationwide shortage of maths teachers… “That retraining initiative led to an additional 14 teachers being qualified to teach maths at a high school level,” he [Andrew Barr] said.”
Yes teachers were retrained in 2004. I was one of them. We spent 6 months at UC undertaking a Graduate Certificate in High School Mathematics. Oddly enough 1/2 were over 50 – not a good idea if you are trying to retain teachers who can teach mathematics and they will retire in 5yrs. So in about 3yrs time, 7 of those newly retrained teachers will leave the system.
In the 2005 Transfer Round most of the 14 teachers were given positions as Maths teachers. Others taught their former subject or a mix of that and maths.
Last year’s transfer round saw a few more teaching their old subjects with mathematics. All are permanently placed in schools – except one who isn’t even teaching mathematics. (guess who?)
Mr. Barr goes on to talk about the recruitment round for 2007. On Monday 16th, only the pre-school and primary round will be out. The secondary round won’t be out for at least 2 more weeks. Basically that gives NSW Department of Education enough time to “swoop up” and collect those teachers who applied this year.
“The ACT’s a very desirable system in which to teach in and I think across the board last year we had over 1,300 applicants for about 200 teaching positions so we’re able to select from the best teachers across Australia and that’s certainly the case in mathematics as well,” he said.
I find it interesting that he quotes “the best teachers”, because as I have already shared with you all on RA, they’re leaving for PS jobs or leaving the territory. Mathematics teachers can get paid more money in the private sector and so leave.
Mr. Barr needs to get the Transfer Round in order, for starters, then get the poison out (bad teachers) and then focus on retaining teachers.
Ok rant over.