Poland And Hungary Both Are Facing Severe Teacher Shortages

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As the teacher shortage in Poland deepens, so does the fear among many educators and parents that the educational system is being used to indoctrinate young people into the conservative and nationalistic mindset of the ruling party.

That’s how things are in Hungary, too. Hungarian educators protested low pay and excessive hours on the opening day of school this week by wearing all black and carrying black umbrellas. When they enter the classroom, new teachers in PSZ are given “humiliating pay,” defined as “a monthly income of just 500 euros after taxes,” prompting many individuals to leave their employment.

On Friday, hundreds of people rallied in Budapest in support of teachers and to protest what they saw as the authoritarian direction Hungary’s government is taking in light of the low pay they get. Given the present attempts to integrate refugees from Ukraine, a shortage of instructors in the United States and Canada could not compare. The issue is especially challenging for Poland because of the tens of thousands of school-aged refugees from Ukraine. About 200,000 Ukrainian students, most of whom do not know Polish, have registered at Polish schools since the beginning of the crisis on February 24. The crisis in Ukraine might result in a tripling of the country’s student population, according to the country’s minister of education.

Finding suitable teachers has been difficult, particularly in the areas of physics, chemistry, and computer science, and even in Polish. The purchasing power of teachers, nurses, and other public sector workers in central Europe has decreased significantly since their incomes have not kept pace with the private sector. As a growing proportion of teachers approach retirement and fewer young people choose to work in the low-paying field, the issue is only expected to worsen. This is particularly relevant in light of recent inflation figures showing double-digit rates in Poland (16%) and Hungary (14%). The Polish Instructors’ Union estimates that there are a total of 20,000 unfilled teaching positions in Poland. Despite the small size of the Hungarian population, the nation has a teacher shortage of 16,000. Przemyslaw Czarnek, Poland’s minister of education, disputes these figures, claiming that the actual number of unfilled teaching posts is closer to 13,000. He argued that the number is not excessive when compared to the 700,000 teachers now working in Poland. He claims the union and its political opponents are exaggerating the problem. Many scholars see Czarnek as a fundamentalist Catholic, and so are strongly opposed to the nationalist government’s conservative ideology and to Czarnek himself. His selection in 2020 sparked protests since he had previously remarked that LGBTQ individuals aren’t equal to “normal people” and that a woman’s main role is to produce children.

In Hungary, there has been a “mass flight” of instructors, according to Erzsebet Nagy, a member of the Democratic Union of Hungarian Instructors’ coordinating committee.” Hungarian unions have raised concerns about the centralization of the country’s educational system. The nationalist government of Hungary formed a centralized body in 2012 to decide on curricula, textbooks, and other issues.

Because of their worries for their children’s futures, more and more parents are deciding to pull their kids out of public schools. Even though there are more private schools than ever before, they cannot accept a sufficient number of pupils.

Australia: A Scarcity Of Teachers Is Expected By Almost All School Administrators By 2023

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Nearly nine out of ten public school administrators in Victoria expressed concern that they would not be able to fill all teaching positions for the following school year due to the state’s severe teacher shortage.

Due to the present scarcity, schools have had to postpone specialty programs and tutoring sessions for pupils who fell behind while engaging in remote learning. A poll of 242 school administrators found that although urban and regional towns also suffer from teacher shortages, rural schools are hit the most. Schools are having to rely more heavily on substitute and “out-of-field” instructors because of this problem.

The study found that 80.5% of principals said it was “far tougher” to recruit the number of competent teachers and support personnel they needed this year, while 17% said it was “harder.” It’s only been easier for 3% of the population. Forty percent of principals reported some worry, and 49 percent reported “great worry” about being unable to fill teaching shortages for the following school year. In a survey, 11% of people said they didn’t care.

The Australian Education Union polled principals at publicly funded schools to learn more about personnel issues. According to the poll, a growing number of teachers are considering leaving the profession altogether, prompting the Australian Education Union to call for incentives for present educators to stay in the classroom. In the words of Meredith Peace, president of the Victorian chapter, a lot of people are worried that we won’t be able to replace them quickly enough, and that’s causing a lot of vacancies. If we can’t find teachers with the right qualifications to fill every classroom, we have a serious issue on our hands, and our kids will suffer as a consequence. When asked about the difficulty of finding qualified educators, David Adamson, head of Essendon Keilor College, said he had never seen anything like it. He claimed no one had ever applied for a post that was listed. The occurrence of this is repeated. Because of a dearth of qualified candidates, the institution has had to rely more on the services of professors who are not subject matter experts and therefore lack the requisite background knowledge to effectively instruct students in the classroom. “They are fantastic educators, but the problem is one of subject matter expertise: how to help students who are falling behind and challenge those who are excelling.” Since they may be more selective about which schools to enroll their children in, parents and students have benefited from the teacher shortage. Sometimes, as Adamson put it, “we’re even in the situation where we’re shortlisting and I’ve rang up someone to say, ‘Can you come in for an interview?’ and they have already secured another job.” In one instance, we were “shortlisting,” and I called a candidate to ask, “Can you come in for an interview?” Due to strong demand and a little supply, they might be more selective.

The country’s education ministers convened at the start of the month to talk about ways to attract more individuals into the teaching profession. Accelerated degree programs and teacher internships were among the themes to be discussed. Victoria’s Education Minister, Natalie Hutchins, said that despite the state government’s best attempts to address issues with school personnel, they would not allow the quality of its teaching staff to suffer. The Andrews administration and the union recently struck a new school agreement, with the latter promising to hire an additional 1,900 educators over the course of the next two years at a cost of $779 million. In 2018, Cheryle Osborne has been in a position to see firsthand how the teacher shortage affects classrooms in metropolitan Melbourne and rural areas of Victoria. Located in Melbourne’s southeast, Osborne serves as principal of Aspendale Gardens Primary School. The public schools had to make some difficult decisions and cut down on the number of activities they provided in order to guarantee that every classroom had a teacher this year. Osborne said that there have been times when shortages of teachers have forced them to cancel specialized programs and the COVID-19 catch-up sessions offered under the tutor learning initiative. According to Osborne, the university is not currently receiving any fresh applications for employment. Two years ago, when we advertised job openings online, we would receive a hundred applications; today, we are lucky to receive three, and even then, we have to wonder if they are qualified. Osborne is currently serving as acting principal at Mallacoota P-12 College, the easternmost school in the state, due to a lack of permanent principals. Osborne agreed to fill in for the first semester because the school was having trouble finding a permanent candidate for the role. Because the organization was still seeking qualified candidates, she agreed to stay on until the end of the year. The issue, she said, was not the poor compensation but the sheer volume of labor. There is a lot going on in the classrooms. There are fewer people vying for the position because of the difficulty of the work involved. People are leaving the field in large numbers. We were wiped out by COVID. According to the study of school administrators, 16.7% of teachers left their positions during the last year owing to stress or burnout, 12.7% departed because of excessive workloads, and 8.7% retired early.

Hawaii Is Facing A Potential Shortage Of Up To One Thousand Teaching Positions

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Thousands of public school teachers will get pay increases of $7,000 to $26,000 per year, which is helping to keep some instructors from leaving the profession. Nevertheless, the Hawaii State Teachers’ Association anticipates a severe shortage of educators this academic year.

Although the official figures from the Department of Education won’t be revealed until October, HSTA President Osa Tui Jr. still believes the need for new educators might approach 1,000. The Hawaii State Teachers Association is the voice for the state’s 13,500 educational professionals, the vast majority of whom are teachers.

Houston Independent School District Will Once Again Use Staffers And Administrators To Fill Teaching Positions

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Houston ISD officials said on Wednesday that they want to deploy administrative personnel who possess teaching credentials to assist in filling any remaining openings when classes begin in less than two weeks.

According to Jeremy Grant-Skinner, HISD’s Chief Talent Officer, principals are supposed to assign certified employees who are otherwise doing other tasks to classes when a teacher is absent. At the start of the school year, at least 95% of the positions are expected to be filled, he added.

The district has raised teacher pay to keep up with neighboring districts and will also use certified long-term substitute teachers to fill in for absent teachers in the first few weeks of school.

As of Wednesday afternoon, HISD’s employment webpage advertised 779 teaching positions requiring certification, despite the district’s first day of classes not occurring until August 22.

In contrast to the previous year, members of the central administration staff will not be sent out to fill the vacancies; instead, according to Superintendent Millard House II, the district will accept volunteers from inside the central administration.

In addition, from now through the end of August, the district will provide $2,000 in signing bonuses, hold job fairs, and provide stipends to teachers who fill crucial positions in high-need areas including mathematics, science, special education, bilingual education, guidance counselors, nurses, and bus drivers. Grant-Skinner said that in addition to hiring people from the United States, the district will hire about 100 people from other countries who are certified to teach in some of these high-demand areas.

Educators will also be able to take advantage of the district’s free alternative certification program.
The 779 available teaching positions represent approximately 7% of the 11,000 positions allocated for the upcoming academic year.

It’s not just one school district that’s having trouble. Since last week, schools in the area have been trying to fill more than 3,400 teaching positions.

Last week, TEA officials indicated that trouble keeping instructors looked to be a contributing reason to the statewide educator shortage. This is because the state is generating a growing number of teachers, but not enough to keep up with the number of teachers departing the field or the number of districts adding jobs to be filled.

Missouri: Schools Are Considering Switching To A 4-Day School Week Due To Teacher Shortages

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In the midst of a teacher shortage that affects the whole state of Missouri, some school districts are looking at implementing a four-day school week, while others have already done so.

Lathrop R-II School District Superintendent Chris Fine remarked that they were solely thinking about saving money. In 2009, the district started looking into the possibility of a four-day workweek. Fine claims that since it was implemented in the district, it has resulted in financial savings for the district. Over the course of this, they have consistently saved 1.5% annually.

Instructional time in the district has increased from 1,065 to 1,090 hours annually. The present timetable is every week from Tuesday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., much like any other school.

Schools In Pennsylvania Are Feeling The Effects Of The Nationwide Teacher Shortage

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Pennsylvania school districts are struggling to fill teaching positions as kids get ready to return to class.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the state will require thousands of new teachers by the year 2025, yet fewer students are majoring in education in college and more teachers are retiring.

Statistics from Pennsylvania’s Department of Education show that the number of new teachers getting their licenses has dropped by almost two-thirds in the last ten years.

Ten years ago, over 20,000 new teachers joined the labor sector annually; last year, that number dropped to around 6,000. As a result, educational institutions have been hard pressed to find sufficient personnel to fill vacancies.

Some local superintendents have reported having difficulty filling teaching positions in school systems in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties. No one applied to be a high school chemistry teacher after the district put up ads for many weeks. Two elementary-level special education positions, a life skills teacher and an autistic support teacher, were unfilled for a long time due to a lack of applicants.

Superintendents are aware of the fact that there are fewer qualified people to interview for teaching jobs.

The state department of education released a plan last month to increase the number of qualified teachers in the state over the next three years.

The plan aims to make teachers more diverse (less than 7% of Pennsylvania’s teachers are people of color, and it’s hard for teacher preparation programs to find more diverse candidates), to make certification easier, to improve training for people who want to become teachers, and to give teachers more opportunities for professional growth and leadership.

There are a number of factors contributing to the scarcity of qualified educators, including low wages, increased workloads, negative student conduct, increased partisanship, and concerns about student and staff safety. Superintendents claim that the situation has worsened due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to a severe lack of available instructors, schools are suffering from a severe lack of available substitute teachers.

To help with the shortage, Pennsylvania recently gave emergency teaching permits to people with a bachelor’s degree but no teaching license who want to work as day-to-day substitute teachers.

Those interested in getting emergency permission to substitute teach in a particular district should get in touch with that district to learn more about its unique substitute teacher standards, methods, procedures, and remuneration.

NSW Proposes To Raise Teacher Pay To $130,000 Amid Teacher Shortages

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In light of Australia’s ongoing struggle to fill teaching positions, annual teacher salaries may soon top $130,000.

The new proposal comes after a string of strikes that have taken place over the last several months, during which teachers have walked off the job in an effort to seek more compensation and improved working conditions.

Due to the challenging working conditions, a large number of educators, according to a study that was published not too long ago, have indicated that they want to quit the profession over the next five years.

According To A Recent Survey, 70% Of The Teachers In Texas Are Thinking About Leaving Their Positions

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According To A Recent Survey, 70% Of The Teachers In Texas Are Thinking About Leaving Their Positions

An unsettling report on teachers and other education professionals in Texas was just published by the Texas State Teachers Association. It happens at a time when there is a critical shortage of educators throughout the nation. The study found that the majority of teachers in Texas — 70 percent — were giving serious consideration to leaving their jobs as teachers in 2022.

That’s the highest proportion ever recorded in the study that’s been keeping tabs on Texas teachers’ worries for more than four decades. When this study was last taken in 2018, 53 percent of teachers said they were thinking about leaving the profession. There were 688 educators polled in all.

According to the poll, a 16-year teaching veteran in Texas can expect to make $59,000 a year, which is $7,000 less than the national average. They say that stress associated with the pandemic, political pressure from state politicians, reduced support from parents, and financial constraints have all contributed to many educators’ feelings of burnout.

Switzerland: The Teachers’ Association Warns Of A Worsening In Education Quality Due To A Shortage Of Certified Teachers

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At a press conference, Dagmar Rosler, the president of the association, said during a press conference that an increasing number of primary schools have been forced to rely on staff who do not possess the appropriate professional qualifications to work as teachers.

Rosler says that the situation is bad in some places, especially in the German-speaking half of the country, and that schools often have trouble filling open positions as the new school year gets closer.

She went on to say that the lack of skilled personnel might result in an increase in the number of students attending private schools or in the number of parents who opt for home education.

She did warn that there was no trustworthy national data available since education in Switzerland is the purview of the country’s 26 cantons, each of which is substantially autonomous.

In order to keep teaching an appealing profession, the group has once again called for increased pay.

In multiple conversations with local newspapers, Rösler also said that teacher education programs were at capacity, but that it would be a while before those graduates were ready to enter the classroom.

Willmar Schools Have Hired Teachers From Nicaragua And The Philippines Due To A Teacher Shortage

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When the new school year begins on September 6, Willmar Public Schools will have five new teachers who are originally from foreign nations.

There will be Filipino teachers in the Roosevelt and Kennedy primary schools as soon as their visas are granted and teaching licenses are obtained. All of the instructors are skilled and proficient in English.

In recent years, the district has struggled to find qualified candidates to fill open teaching positions and other roles. Director of Human Resources Liz Windingstad says that even though five foreign teachers have started working in the district, there are still a lot of open positions for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff.

Windingstad expressed the belief that having instructors from different cultures would be beneficial to the pupils. “They’re going to be teaching the same subjects and the same curriculum, and they’ll bring their own flavor just like any other individual would,” she said. “I’m excited; … It’s something so new to have people from another country under an exchange program like this. “

They will be paid in accordance with the Education Willmar contract and handled in the same way as other district workers, she added. When it comes to the compensation range, foreign instructors may expect to earn between $40,000 and $60,000 per year.

There is a house for rent, roughly midway between Kennedy and Roosevelt, that can accommodate all five of them. She also said that the landlord, Gabe Heiling, has been supportive and helpful in getting the teachers to move to the area. According to Windingstad, she hopes the school community can assist them in adjusting to the new culture when they come. She also hopes that other members of the faculty and members of the public will assist in furnishing the home with gently used furniture and kitchen necessities so that the instructors can settle in.