Education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven does not think that the teacher shortage can only be solved with money. The minister is responding to the call from the opposition, teachers, school leaders and other educational staff to structurally allocate money to address the shortage.
"It is naive if you think that you can only solve the teacher shortage with money," Van Engelshoven said Thursday afternoon at the start of the debate on the budget of her department.
"Money alone is not enough. The teacher shortage requires an approach on many fronts and we are working hard on it. Training differently, working differently and organizing differently," says Van Engelshoven.
Figures from the ministry show that the teacher shortage in 2022 will amount to 4,100 full-time jobs and will increase further to 11,000 in 2027. That only applies if nothing changes, but this cabinet has actually released extra money to tackle the shortage.
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Agreement was not enough for strikers
Trade unions, school boards and the cabinet reached an agreement last week on the one-off investment in education. The vast majority of these are to address the teacher shortage directly or indirectly.
Initially, that seemed enough to cancel the planned teachers' strike last Wednesday, but when slowly but surely it became clear that it was a one-off investment, there was resistance again. In the end, thousands of people from education quit the job because they were dissatisfied with the salary difference between teachers in primary and secondary education, the workload and the teacher shortage.
For the time being, the education sector does not have to count on more money. Coalition parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie already made it clear during a debate on Wednesday that, as far as they are concerned, there is no more investment in this government's term of office. That discussion will be passed on to the formation of the next cabinet, probably in 2021.