Teacher shortages push federal government to consider massive pay rises for some and pay others to retrain

The severe teacher shortage has prompted the federal government to consider radical reforms to get more people to take up the profession or stay longer.

Under a plan to be presented at an emergency meeting of federal, state and territory ministers of education next week, senior teachers could receive a pay rise, while professionals who want to retrain as teachers could be paid to learn on the job.

But a pay rise would not be for everyone. So-called “master teacher” or higher education positions would receive a 40 percent pay increase.

With more kids in school than ever before, but fewer people queuing up to become teachers, Federal Education Secretary Jason Clare said it was time for a stir.

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