Struggles For Newly Qualified Teachers

Teacher recruitment and employment came up again in Enniskillen as one man suggested that newly qualified teachers were forced out of the country to find work because so many retired teachers were ‘subbing’ and keeping young teachers out of jobs.

Ex-teacher Tommy Gallagher, SDLP, said there was a problem when teachers took early retirement but there was nothing to stop them from coming back into the profession.
He said: “The individual school, the employer, can choose to bring those teachers back in to cover an absence. The difficulty is the number of young teachers on the unemployment register is rising all the time.”

He went on to say that the Department of Education should take steps to stop teachers who have taken retirement from coming back into jobs that could be filled by newly qualified teachers.

Tommy Gallagher thinks the Department haven’t acted strongly enough to protect the jobs of newly qualified teachers. What do you think?

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