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The highest proportion of vacancies were in rural areas, where lists took, on average, up to four months to fill, sparking protests in 13 towns and regional towns this week, from Wagga to Coffs Harbor, Broken Hill and Dubbo.
Almost 90% of schools in the Far West and the Orana region had vacant permanent teaching positions in October, while at least 80% of schools in the Center-West and Riverina had vacancies and 67% of Richmond Tweed schools were hiring, new government figures showed.
“The NSW government is ignoring advice from its own department regarding the critical situation we find ourselves in,” Rajendra said.
Under the current payment scheme, NSW graduate teachers start at a base rate of $ 72,263, rising to $ 87,157 after two years and peaking at a high of $ 114,720.
NSW Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said the industry is “heading for a perfect storm”, with a 25% increase in student numbers expected over the next five years despite the declining trend in student numbers. completion rate and admissions.
“We are barely training enough teachers to keep pace, let alone the continued demand due to the growing student population,” he said.
“Shortages are proof that if we don’t pay teachers their fair value, we aren’t getting the teachers we need.
A spokesperson for the NSW Education Department said the union was in negotiations with the department and “actively encouraged its members to agitate and disrupt state schools in the part of his campaign “.
In this year’s budget, the government of New South Wales announced $ 124.8 million for a teacher supply strategy to provide a ‘sustainable channel’ of education and develop a pathway for teachers. mid-career in teaching.
“Schools regularly have vacancies for permanent positions. These positions are normally filled by temporary teachers while active recruitment is underway, but will always show up as a permanent vacant position, ”the spokesperson said.
“This is normal for schools and for a system the size of NSW.