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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Primary school children may be sent home from school due to teacher shortages in Ireland

Primary school children are at risk of being sent home due to a shortage of substitute teachers, according to the Irish Primary Principals’ Network.

The association said schools are currently using unqualified staff or special education teachers to provide cover.

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IPPN President Brian O’Doherty said the challenge facing principals in terms of getting access to external substitute teachers is not new, but has become more pronounced at the moment.

O’Doherty further said that approximately 55% of primary school principals are also teachers, and therefore cannot step into the breach as they already have teaching commitments.

“So what is a school to do if there are multiple absences, no sub cover available, and the school doesn’t have that facility to redeploy?” he questioned.

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He further said that the IPPN has engaged with the Department of Education with a view of increasing substitute teacher supply in the system.

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