€20m to ease effect of teacher shortage

Education minister Ronald Plasterk has set aside €20m to develop new initatives to cope with the shortage of teachers, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

A ministry spokesman told the paper the cash, which is for both primary and secondary schools, could be spent on extra classroom assistants to free up more teaching time. It could also be used for ‘serious gaming’, using situations pupils know from computer games to develop knowledge and skills, the spokesman said.
Over the next 10 years the education sector will need an additional 100,000 teachers.
Last year Plasterk announced plans to improve teaching salaries and make it easier for people to switch to teaching later in their careers.

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