More than 300 teachers will retire by February and classes may be left without teachers

More than 300 teachers will retire by February, increasing the cases of students without all teachers assigned. In January, schools will lose 173 teachers, including five kindergarten teachers, and in February, another 11 kindergarten teachers and 154 teachers, according to the monthly list released by Caixa Geral de Aposentações (CGA), which reveals that there will be 338 new retirees. in these first two months of the year.

“Forecasts for the entire year of 2022 point to 2,826 retired teachers,” Professor Arlindo Ferreira, who has carried out a systematic analysis of the evolution of retirements, told Lusa.

Arlindo Ferreira’s accounts reveal a trend towards an increase in pensioners since 2018, when 669 teachers retired. Last year, the number did not reach 2,000, but the school principal’s forecasts point to 3,515 as early as next year.

In an analysis of the distribution of teachers who will retire in February, it appears that there are teachers from schools all over the country, from the north to the south, from the coast to the interior.

The schools that have the most difficulty in finding teachers are located below Santarém: Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and Algarve are the most complicated regions, pointed out Arlindo Ferreira.

Teacher shortage worries schools and unions

By 2030, it is estimated that more than half of teachers will retire, taking into account that currently most are at least 50 years old.

Unions and school directors have warned of the effects of having an aging class and the lack of interest of young people in following the teaching profession. One of the immediate effects of retirement is to leave some classes without a teacher.

“Only teachers who ask for retirement until June are without classes assigned in the following school year, which starts in September”, explained Arlindo Ferreira, who is director of the Cego do Maio school group in Porto.

All the others have assigned classes until they retire and therefore these departures increase the cases of students without all the teachers assigned.

According to the president of the National Association of Directors of Groups and Public Schools (ANDAEP), Filinto Lima, teachers on the verge of retirement have 14-hour workweeks. For a hired teacher, this schedule translates into a gross salary below one thousand euros.

If he is a married teacher with a child, at the end of the month he takes home 780 euros net, according to accounts made by Filinto Lima.

“These timetables are only accepted by teachers who live close to the school, otherwise they cannot pay the bills”, regretted Filinto Lima, once again defending the importance of creating support for displaced teachers, such as travel and accommodation allowances.

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