Shortage of teachers an urgent issue, say principals
A growing shortage of qualified teachers means increasing numbers of pupils are being taught by non-specialists in a subject, according to second-level school principals.
The problem is going to get worse if Education Minister Richard Bruton and his officials don't take urgent action, according to National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) president Cathnia Ó Muircheartaigh.
He said the staffing crisis meant that many second-level schools did not have qualified teachers in key areas of the curriculum such as science, maths or languages.
Mr Ó Muircheartaigh will make his point directly to Mr Bruton at the annual NAPD conference today.
He pointed out that science and maths subjects, in particular, played a huge part of the technological leaps that were occurring every day.
"This makes it critical that our schools have an ample supply of qualified teachers to teach these subjects. The current situation whereby we face growing teaching shortages needs to be addressed," he said.