The Australian state needs an additional 11,000 public school teachers within the next decade



New South Wales (NSW) will need to hire thousands of new teachers over the next decade to meet the demand from record high student enrollments.

New report (pdfAccording to Adam Rorris, an economist commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation Union, public schools will need to hire at least 11,000 additional teachers by 2031 to accommodate the surge in enrollment in the 12th year. ..

However, the Ministry of Education has found that the state already lacks teachers, especially in the STEM sector and rural areas.

“This is projected to be exacerbated by a combination of an increasing student population, an aging workforce, and a declining number of people in education,” NSW Audit President Margaret Crawford said in a 2019 audit report. (Speaking in)pdf).

“In rural areas, remote areas and areas with low socioeconomic status, the shortage is likely to be more serious,” she said.

The shortage means that New South Wales has the lowest teacher-student ratio in the country. When it rises to the national average, the number of additional teachers needed over the next decade will increase to 14,000.

“NSW is facing a classroom crisis. Independent Gallop Inquiry reveals that the NSW state government will not close shortages or hire additional teachers needed without significantly raising salaries. Did. Said..

Teachers are doing more work, but their salaries are lower each year than in other professions.

“If we don’t pay teachers their value, we won’t get the teachers we need,” Gabriellatos said.

The NSW Education Standards Authority survey (NSW Education Standards Authority survey) also highlighted the issue of staff retention rates.pdfIt turns out that graduate teachers are leaving more and more professions.

The number of newly certified teachers is consistent, about 7,500 per year. However, between 2009 and 2013, 10.7% of graduate teachers quit their jobs and by 2015 they had exceeded 12%.

In addition, there is concern that there will be a shortage of specialized teachers due to the increase in the number of people with disabilities. Expected to increase It will increase by 50 percent within the next 10 years.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell told The Sydney Morning Herald that a cultural shift to the teaching profession is needed for the sector to see the growth of quality teachers.

“I think schools, current teachers, universities, and everyone in the union have a role to play in this regard.” She said..

Mitchell also said he was asking the sector for a long-term workforce strategy and expects a draft to be seen soon.

Gavrielatos said the amount of work expected from teachers is high. Over the next two years, we need to raise our salary by 10-15%.

“Investing in professions will benefit children throughout New South Wales now and in the future,” he said.