‘They just can’t find a place to stay in Dublin’ – teachers forced to resign due to worrying staff shortages

The rising cost of living is driving teachers out of the job to such an extent that schools across the country are facing shortages of staff for key subjects.

Aul Crone, the director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), said rising rents and the current housing crisis mean that “teachers just have nowhere to live, especially in Dublin”.

He added: “There is a shortage of Irish, maths, physics and languages ​​teachers.

“A school couldn’t find a geography teacher and is asking another non-geography teacher to fill the role. You’re not a geography teacher.

“It happens in other subjects too. As a result, the education of the children ultimately suffers.

“It’s not just the rent and housing crisis to blame, but that’s part of this problem.

“We know that housing has long been a problem and now many teachers just can’t live, especially in Dublin.”

Teacher salaries start at around €38,000 for full-time staff. There were only three properties on Daft.ie yesterday that could be rented for a single person for €1,000 a month or less.

New college students and those preparing to return to college after the summer are competing for the same properties.

Yesterday, 284 post-primary teacher posts were advertised on Educationposts.ie across Ireland. Almost half of these (121) are vacancies in Dublin.

100 primary school teaching positions have been advertised across the country, 44 of them in Dublin.

“I know a teacher who recently asked for a break from his career and was told the school couldn’t let him,” Mr Crone said.

“They just quit because they knew they would get a job outside of Dublin.

“There are teachers who understandably bought houses in Dublin’s commuter belt because they were more affordable, but end up taking jobs close to where they live.

“Children miss out on this guidance if they don’t have a stable teacher. There is no substitute for a good, veteran teacher.

“Many adults still remember teachers who helped them as children.

“This is vital for children and their future.”

Mr Crone said he felt the Department of Education was listening and trying to help, but that it was a wider issue.

“Some schools are posting vacancies they can’t fill and they’re not able to improve class schedules,” he said.

“It is clear that this situation will have a real impact on children’s education.

“We need stable housing for teachers.

“I know schools that have asked teachers who are currently based in Dublin if they have a vacancy for new teachers and this has worked on a number of occasions.

“But we need a long-term solution because teachers are so important to children’s education and future, and if they don’t have access to housing, that’s a big problem.”

With college and university students looking for the same few properties in Dublin as new teachers, educational institutions are worried about the fall semester.

Dublin City University said that “like many universities across Ireland” it was experiencing “unprecedented demand for on-campus accommodation”.

“This year, the university has received nearly seven applications for each available berth for on-campus housing — a significant increase from last year,” a spokesman said.

“There is a very real student housing crisis that has only been exacerbated by the lack of a sustainable and economically viable student housing model.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/they-just-cant-find-anywhere-to-live-in-dublin-teachers-forced-to-abandon-profession-amid-worrying-shortage-of-staff-41935479.html ‘They just can’t find a place to stay in Dublin’ – teachers forced to resign due to worrying staff shortages

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