Billions for education: ‘It will only make teacher shortages bigger’

Writing that NRC and the AD today. The problems are greatest in special education and at schools in deprived areas, the Sector Council for Specialized Education (GO) and the PO Council told NRC.

Hardly any teachers to be found

But a tour that the AD has done along dozens of primary school directors also shows that there are currently hardly any primary school teachers.

Schools have received an average of about 700 euros corona support per students from education minister Arie Slob to eliminate learning disadvantages. Money is therefore not the problem, but there are hardly any responses to vacancies posted by the educational institutions.

“On paper we spent the money, but that resulted in seventeen vacancies,” a school board member of several primary schools told the AD.

Tight labor market

Because of the billions invested, teachers have more choice from schools in the tight labor market, so that they do not easily opt for schools in deprived areas, for example.

“With this money in hand, teachers are pulled in such a way that they go for the axe,” says Wim Ludeke, board member of the Sector Council GO. “The temptation to switch to regular education or to be seconded as a self-employed person is great.”

“We see that schools in peripheral municipalities suddenly have much more money, and therefore more vacancies, which would otherwise only arise in a few years when someone retires,” the chairman of the PO council, Freddy Weima, tells NRC.

‘Four tons more than expected’

According to the PO council, 80 percent of primary school boards want to use the money for extra staff, but 42 percent do not know where to get it from. The Council is already receiving signals that schools are more often switching to emergency measures such as a four-day school week and online education.

“We get four tons more than we expected,” a deputy director of a primary school in Rotterdam tells the AD. “We would like to hire extra staff, but that is not possible. Nobody responds to vacancies.”

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