The Australian Education Union has conducted a national survey of more than 2,000 teachers, finding that the majority of them are contemplating leaving their profession.
Today, teachers face more demands than ever before, often having to work outside of classroom hours and on weekends, as well as perform non-teacher work. In fact, the survey has shown that Australian teachers are working longer hours than ever before with more than two thirds of teachers saying they often worked more than 46 hours a week, and almost a quarter saying they worked more than 55 hours a week.
Many of the teachers believed that their workload had dramatically increased in the past year, leaving them feeling underappreciated, more stressed and overworked than ever before. According to the report, 70 per cent of female teachers and 55 per cent of male teachers said workloads were one of the main factors in considering a career change.
Australian Education Union’s federal president Correna Haythorpe said that this was one issue that needed to be addressed.
“School enrolments are predicted to boom over the next ten years and we can’t afford to lose good experienced teachers because they are being overworked and not getting the support they need,” she said.
“For example, there are 100,000 children with disability not getting any funded support in schools, which adds to the demands placed on classroom teachers.”
“This urgent crisis needs to be addressed through funding which takes in account the real needs of students with disability.”
Ms Haythorne said that last year’s budget confirmed that the Abbott Government would abandon the last two years of the needs-based Gonski funding agreements, meaning $3.7 billion would be cut from schools.
“Needs-based Gonski funding is crucial for providing more support for teachers and better schools for students,” she said.
The study also found that salary and working conditions were another major factor in teachers decision to change careers.
Hopefully, these issues will be addressed soon, not only for our teachers but for our children too, they are our future after all.
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