Schools facing shortage as unhappy teachers quit
5:00AM Wednesday July 18, 2007
By Martha McKenzie-Minifie

One in five secondary school teachers do not expect to still be in the job in five years time, a study released today said.

The trained teacher shortage is hitting students' education, with 20 per cent of high school staff teaching in a subject area they were not qualified or trained in, the Teachers' Council study found.

Some Auckland schools were increasingly recruiting overseas to fill the gap.

The figures were in line with findings in the Post Primary Teachers' Association's staffing survey that showed schools found it harder to find new teachers and retain existing ones.

Ministry of Education figures showed 35 per cent of secondary schools had teaching vacancies at the start of this school year, which made up 1 per cent of positions.

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