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EIS: More graduate opportunities needed for new teachers

Published: Wednesday, 29 December 2010   Category: Public sector

A Scottish teaching union has called on the Holyrood government to ensure there are enough graduate jobs for newly-qualified teachers.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has delivered a 5000-signature strong petition to the Scottish Government, asking the government to make moves to ensure there are jobs for teachers after they complete their probationary year.

In the petition, the union also said that there is a backlog of unemployed teachers, so plans to employ all recently-qualified teachers in graduate jobs may not go far enough.

Chairman of the EIS, Ronnie Smith, said that the education sector - and teachers in particular - had been caught up in "political point-scoring between the Scottish Government and Councils" in recent years.

"While I welcome the Government's ambition for Councils to create sufficient vacancies for the new teachers coming on to the job market next session, ... we have seen in the past week alone one Council after another announcing plans to slash and burn the education service," he said.

"One Council is even proposing to dump teachers and replace them with unqualified staff for 10 per cent of the Primary pupil week."

Recent figures have revealed that 16.1 per cent of graduates are now able to find full-time, permanent teaching work; down from 63.3 per cent in 2005.

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