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Warning over surplus of 38,000 teachers by 2036, despite current shortages at schools

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Seán Ó Foghlú said report was a working document. Photo: Tom Burke

Seán Ó Foghlú said report was a working document. Photo: Tom Burke

Seán Ó Foghlú said report was a working document. Photo: Tom Burke

Ireland is heading for an oversupply of 38,000 teachers by 2036, according to a new Department of Education report.

In an extraordinary turnaround from the current shortages, a massive teacher surplus will start building in the next few years if nothing changes.

The report predicts an accumulated excess of 22,783 primary teachers by 2036, although the problem will be obvious by the mid-2020s.


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