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Efforts to spend greater education budgets are being hampered by a teacher shortage.

The Parool reported on Tuesday that a teacher shortage is making it difficult for the government to spend the €8.5 billion set aside to help schools make up for missed teaching time during the coronavirus outbreak. Schools are having difficulty filling vacancies, and government cash must be utilised within two years, according to the article, which cited information from the primary school council PO-Raad. Almost four out of five schools plan to hire extra staff to assist students who have missed classes due to the coronavirus, but 42 percent say they don’t know where to look for them.

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Chairman Freddy Weima told the media, ‘There are a lot of empty teaching posts in a lot of places.’ ‘The need for teachers is greatest in the big four cities, but there are teacher shortages throughout the country.’ According to sector organization Sectorraad Gespecialiseerd Onderwijs in the NRC, special schools are likewise concerned about a teacher shortage. School leaders are particularly concerned that because instructors have such a diverse range of schools to work in, they may be drawn away from special education and into the general system.

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Despite the coronavirus money, city education officials warned last month that schools in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague may close due to chronic teacher shortages. The council executives are pushing for a structural budget to address the income gap between primary and secondary school teachers, a structural budget to make teaching a more appealing option for students, and measures to encourage teachers to stay in the field.

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We’re missing the mark when it comes to attracting new people to the field. For that, we’ll need a long-term budget. This is only a stopgap,’ says the author. Marjolein Moorman, the mayor of Amsterdam’s education department, remarked at the time.

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