Leitrim Principal warns of staff challenges facing many local schools

A north-west based secondary school principal is warning of major challenges ahead for many schools in the region when it comes to the hiring and retention of teachers and principals.


The Teachers Union of Ireland claim 91 per cent of secondary schools have reported difficulties in recruiting teachers in the past six months.


Meanwhile a recent Principals conference heard how many secondary Principals are complaining of burn out due to the ever increasing demands associated with the Job.


It’s being reported today that a severe shortage of teachers has led to schools hiring more than 14,000 unqualified people.


A survey carried out by the Teachers Union of Ireland found that 91 per cent of secondary schools reported difficulties in recruiting teachers in the past six months.


Marty Fallon is the principal at Drumshanbo Vocational School, He’s says schools are facing major challenges in securing the services of Principals and teachers.




Due to increased pressure in the role of Principal many teachers are deciding not to put themselves forward for the position.


The Drumshanbo based teacher says the role of Principal has changed dramatically over the years.




Already there is concern being expressed that a shortage of staff will be one of the main challenges facing many schools in the immediate future.


Marty Fallon says already many secondary schools are finding it difficult to find potential Principals.