Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 10:57
Teacher shortage likely in 2016
According to Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker, there will be a significant shortage of teachers in the coming years, even though new teachers are now struggling to get work in education. There will be a shortage from 2016, especially in primary school. If no measures are taken the shortage will increase to 6,500 full time jobs in 2025. This is partly because many older teachers are retiring. In the larger cities the shortage rises because the number of students is still increasing, in contrast to the rest of the country. According to Bussemaker, it is important to retain for education teachers who are currently struggling to find a permanent job for education. There are too few teachers for certain subjects in secondary education and that shortage will grow over the next 2 or 3 years. The outflow of teachers in secondary vocational education will be large in the coming years. It is expected that 2 thousand new teachers will be needed by 2018. Bussemark has made 150 million euro available, which is used so that 3 thousand young teachers can continue to work and not turn their back on primary and secondary education.