Secondary schools will soon be able to share teachers in some subjects

The Education Minister is urging principals to sign up to the scheme, which is to deal with a shortage of teachers.

It aims to alleviate some of the challenges schools are facing in some specific subject areas like STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics.

The situation regarding home economics is particularly acute, as there will be no new teaching graduates this year because the degree programme was extended.

The aim of the new initiative is to encourage two schools to collaborate and, between them, to employ the teacher on a full-time basis.

Announcing the teacher sharing scheme, Education Minister Joe McHugh described it as a "solution" for principals as well as graduates who were looking for full-time employment.


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