The Age, 19 August 2022
The summit initiated by Education Minister Jason Clare last week into the current and worsening teacher shortage crisis is a welcome move. There are some prominent and knowledgeable people at the table for this discussion and their ideas are likely to be productive.
However, the opportunity for genuine traction in this now critical pursuit isn’t in the quality of these ideas. It’s in the way they’re received politically.
As a result, it might it be argued that the death of teachers in government schools, struggling daily with almost illegal student-teacher ratios just to get to 3.30pm, can be best solved by sending a few back from the schools who already often boast ratios of less than ten students per teacher.