Universities do not offer places in teacher training courses | New

The problem affected the University of Tartu (TÜ), as well as the University of Tallinn (TLÜ), the ETV news program “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported on Tuesday.

Margus Pedaste, Deputy Director of the Institute for Educational Sciences at TÜ, said: “The saddest picture is for teachers of mathematics. While last year we were happy that all positions were filled, this year, eight mathematics teacher positions remain vacant.”

“While these things seem to follow the ups and downs of a haphazard path, if we look at the larger trend, the concerns are with science and science teachers, where the situation has been like this for a long time. We need to more places than we have, but there’s no point in creating places if we can’t find enough students,” he continued.

The Education Workers’ Union (Haridustöötajate liit) says salary is an obvious reason why young teachers are not hired, while almost half of those who graduate from teaching do not continue working in this same school.

Union president Reemo Voltri noted that the fact that teachers are paid about half as much as many other professionals with higher education, makes the shortage unsurprising, while at the same time the situation is almost critical, whereas if salaries do not rise significantly for 2023, there will probably be a teachers’ strike in a few months.

While the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of Tartu opened 90 more study places compared to last year, 35 of these places remained vacant.

While interest in courses from Estonian language teachers turned out to be higher than expected, foreign language teaching courses were not filled at the University of Tallinn, while interest in courses science and technology education in secondary school was the lowest, said TLÜ spokeswoman Helen Joost.

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