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‘More and more schools are considering four-day school week due to teacher shortage’

More and more schools are forced to consider a four-day school week due to the teacher shortage. De Telegraaf reports this on the basis of preliminary results of a poll by the General Association of School Leaders (AVS).

This shows that one in five school principals is considering introducing a four-day school week. 90 percent of the school leaders who completed the survey can no longer find substitutes.

By law, schools are not allowed to teach for four days. The Inspectorate and the Ministry of Education ensure that full-time teaching is provided at all schools. In emergencies, an exception may be made for a period of seven weeks. Some schools therefore allow a different group to go to school for four days. Others schedule ‘alternative classes’ on days when no teacher is available.

Corona backlogs

“The times of dividing classes and other piecemeal solutions are over,” says AVS chairman Petra van Haren in De Telegraaf. “During this period, we want to catch up on the backlogs that have arisen in times of corona. But due to the tight staffing, little of that will come of it.”

It is not clear exactly how big the teacher shortage is. It is not centrally registered. According to a board member of the AOb education union, the problems are greatest in the large cities. The Education Inspectorate expects the shortage to rise to more than 6000 FTEs by 2030.

The Ministry of Education understands that schools sometimes resort to a shorter school week. “This cabinet has taken a first step to tackle the problem. In an emergency, a school can temporarily opt for a four-day school week. After all, we cannot keep school leaders to the impossible in this tight labor market,” the ministry said in a response to the statement. newspaper know.

‘More and more schools are considering four-day school week due to teacher shortage’
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