Difficulty in recruiting and retaining teachers a concern in north west

Problems with the supply and retention of teachers is expected to be one of the issues on the agenda when Donegal Education and Training Board meet Education Minister and Donegal TD Joe McHugh in over a week’s time.

The meeting, due on Friday, February 1st, follows a poll of principals and deputy principals carried out by the Teachers Union of Ireland, showing many students are now being taught by teachers without adequate qualifications.

Three-quarters of those who took part in the poll said they had a situation where there was no application for a vacancy in the previous year.

Over half said their school had unfilled teaching vacancies.

Irish, maths, French, home economics, Spanish and physics were among the subjects for which there is most severe recruitment and retention difficulties.

Joanne Irwin, from Donegal, is assistant general secretary of the TUI.

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