Over the past few weeks, there have been several discussions concerning the lack of doctors.
However, what has not been mentioned is the lack of teachers, particularly high school teachers, within the ACT Govt system.
Classes of students are being ‘corralled’ into a room to fill out worksheets or complete work for other classes as their English, Science or Maths (for example) classes can’t be covered by either internal (within the school) or external relief.
Some students are receiving ‘status’ (a non-grade) for the semester now as there aren’t enough teachers to cover the necessary positions in ACT Govt schools.
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This isn’t something new here. It’s been the AEU mantra for several years, even when I was at University, that the teacher shortage would come.
What concerns me is that there is little to be said about it and that’s also from parents. I honestly don’t believe that the parents are being notified of it until after the fact. From what I have personally experienced, that is.
To make up for the ‘loss’, I personally am now what is called “overloaded” by the AEU. I am teaching 6 classes and over the 19th hour mandated in the EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement). I’d rather the students have a teacher who can teach them than a ‘babysitter’ – see above paragraphs.
What I’d like to know is what the Minister is doing about it? The recruitment round for 2009 is close to completion and relief teachers are scarce.