Education minister Arie Slob makes 9 million euros available to facilitate emergency plans for the teacher shortage. The money is used, among other things, to retrain more people from a different field so that they can fill jobs in education.
"The money will give these lateral immigrants better guidance and we hope to lose them less quickly", the minister said on Monday with NOS. Last year around two thousand people from a different field made the switch.
Earlier in the day, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague presented their emergency plan to ease the workload for teachers. The major cities argue for four-day teaching weeks and emphasize the importance of people entering the school.
On Thursday and Friday, the cabinet will discuss the plans with the school boards during the national teachers' strike. Slob says in conversation with the NOS that "there is still much to be worked out", but he is not unwelcome towards "flexible" teaching times.
This year there is a shortage of at least 2,900 full-time jobs
The teacher shortage remains a pain. According to figures from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), the shortage in primary education (PO) this year amounts to 2,400 full-time jobs, while secondary education (VO) involves 500 full-time jobs. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is expecting that these deficits will increase in the following years.
In mid-December, Slob therefore already presented a package of measures to tackle the teacher shortage. It then became clear that an additional EUR 30 million will be released for 2020 and 2021 to remedy problems at regional level. In a previous covenant, a further one-off 460 million euros were promised.