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You Only Need Basic Maths Skills To Understand Why Teachers Are Quitting On Mass

The numbers are stacked against them.

If you’re studying to be a teacher the odds are against you before you have a foot in the door.

Only 65% of people who undertake education courses in Australia actually complete them, according to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Up to half of new teachers in Australia quit the profession within the first five years.

The AITSL says that the high drop-out rates could be due to a “loss of quality teaching graduates.”

We just think they’re stressed. And there’s data to prove it.

Dealing with children is a lot.

Let this sink in: 90% of teachers in NSW alone said their hours have increased. And more than 95% said they were being given a wider range of work responsibilities, according to a survey by The University of Sydney.

Being a teacher is a huge commitment, to say the least. That’s particularly true if you’re teaching in public schools.

Nine in 10 public school teachers use their own money for student supplies, according to the most recent State of our Schools survey. And 25% of them said they spent more than $1000 each year.

You guys deserve medals.

Adding insult to injury is the Morrison Government’s $14 billion cuts to public school funding and the fact that job insecurity for teachers is very real.

Less than half of graduate teachers find full-time work in schools in the year after graduating, according to the AITSL.

The good news is that graduate teachers have a pretty nice graduate salary, earning between $65,608 and $69,000 annually.

But there’s not much room to earn more. Teachers salaries remain pretty stagnant throughout their career.

Dealing with children for six hours at a time, five days a week is a massive feat and for some, it’s simply proving too much.

Teachers, we see you.

So if you know a teacher, be a little kinder to them.

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