A recent OECD report reveals that salaries of teachers are falling behind their peers’. However, efforts by unions to address teacher shortages are making some progress. One such initiative is the Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), an organisation in India which aims to improve teacher salaries and open up new opportunities for education workers. The organisation aims to improve teaching standards and reduce teacher hazard by empowering teachers.
OECD report on teachers’ salaries
The OECD report on teachers’ salaries highlights that in many countries, salary levels are below the OECD average. This is due to the fact that teachers are required to carry out non-teaching duties. These obligations often extend beyond the statutory working hours and negatively impact the attractiveness of the teaching profession. The report also notes that salaries for teachers are not the only issue. Working conditions and salaries are also crucial factors in encouraging young people to pursue the profession.
Despite the global economic crisis and the reluctance of young people to enter the teaching profession, low salaries make the profession increasingly unattractive. In countries such as Czechia, the average salary of lower secondary education teachers is 35% lower than the average for all tertiary educated workers. While this disparity is still significant, teachers in other countries are able to secure competitive salaries.
Efforts by unions to address shortages
Educator shortages affect students in many countries, including the United States, where there are now more than half a million vacant positions in public schools. The impact of teacher shortages on students’ educational opportunities is particularly acute for students of color, those from low-income backgrounds, and those in rural communities. Despite these challenges, unions are determined to work toward solving the global teacher shortage.
While there are a number of root causes of the global teacher shortage, these issues have a disproportionate impact on schools with low resources. Lack of education funding and resources worsens the problem in areas of low-income poverty, where shortages of teachers are most pronounced. The lack of educators in these areas increases the socioeconomic gap in student performance. In these regions, the need for teachers is especially acute, and unions and schools are stepping up efforts to address the issue.
Cost of filling a vacancy in a teacher’s office
There are several reasons for the high costs of filling vacancies in teacher offices. First of all, the number of applicants has declined drastically, making it more difficult to fill vacancies. Second, there is a significant rate of teacher attrition. And third, the shortage of teachers in low-income areas makes it more difficult for schools to fill vacancies, especially in urban areas.