The government wants to tackle the teacher shortage with a package of existing and new measures. Emergency plans are ready for Amsterdam and The Hague in January. Then follow Rotterdam, Utrecht and Almere, ministers Arie Slob and Ingrid van Engelshoven (both Education) write to the House of Representatives on Monday.
An additional EUR 30 million will be made available for 2020 and 2021 to address teacher shortages at regional level. In addition, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht (G4) each receive 1 million euros in those years.
It had previously been agreed with the trade unions and employers in a covenant to allocate an additional 460 million euros for education. Part of these measures is also included in this emergency package. Such as the 300 million euros for teachers in primary education (PO) and secondary education (VO) for a lower workload and more than 10 million euros to better train and guide new teachers in the coming three years.
The government also hopes that teachers with a part-time contract will work more and that lateral students will be better supervised.
According to figures from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), the deficit in the PO will be 2,400 full-time jobs next year, while the VO involves five hundred full-time jobs. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science expects that these deficits will increase in the following years.
For the longer term, teacher training (teacher training) should become more attractive and the competences needed to be considered, so that the right teachers represent the right classes. "Certain classes require specialized teachers or other educational professionals who now have no place in the system of competences," Slob and Van Engelshoven write.
The ministers call the teacher shortage "a major social problem that concerns many teachers, school leaders, pupils and parents".
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