The scarcity of substitute teachers in our schools at present requires immediate and radical action, according to Sligo/ Leitrim deputy Marian Harkin
She says due to the present surge in Covid cases, we need to think outside the box and take some radical action to ensure that principals can access substitute teachers over the next few months.
The shortage of substitute teachers has been a significant problem for schools over the last year but is even more acute now and this situation is set to get worse. The pool of available teachers for substitution is simply not large enough and action must be taken to increase the number of available qualified substitute teachers, so that classes are not left without teachers
Among the ideas the deputy is proposing is that members of the inspectorate and teachers currently in seconded positions could be withdrawn for a period of three months from their current positions and added to the substitute panel nationally. They are all experienced, qualified and skilled teachers.
Deputy Harkin has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the proposal in response to a crisis…