Local schools benefitting from teachers moving home from cities

Aug 24, 2022 17:08 By Shannonside News
Local schools benefitting from teachers moving home from cities Local schools benefitting from teachers moving home from cities
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Many teachers have decided to leave cities like Dublin due to the cost of living.

The Principal of Colaiste Chiaran on the outskirts of Athlone says he's glad to be starting the new school term with a full complement of staff.

Brendan Waldron was reacting to news of worsening staff shortages in many schools.

The Joint Managerial Body which represents around half of the secondary schools in the country is urging the Department of Education to take a number of measures to help tackle the issue including resolving the pay discrimination which sees teachers paid different rates for carrying out the same work.


Colaiste Chiaran will welcome an additional 100 pupils to the school this week with enrolment currently just under 800.

Speaking on the Lets Talk show this afternoon the school principal says they haven't had staffing issues because they've actually seen teachers moving away from the bigger cities due to the cost of living.

He says though that numbers will be tight and it will remain a challenge to find cover for any staff who are on leave.


''We're actually looking forward to reopening tomorrow with our staff. And I'm thankful that we have a full complement of staff this year to start off with but we've heard in the media regarding the teacher shortage with especially pinch points in Dublin and the cities. one aspect of that, that we would have experienced this year is that we have been the beneficiaries of that flight from Dublin in that we've had a number of staff that have left Dublin because of the cost of living and accommodation crisis that has been mentioned and are moving closer to home.''

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