Shane Coleman: Tomorrow’s economy faces harsh lesson if we can’t fix today’s teacher shortage

It’s back to school time, but the lack of educators is creating a crisis that is not getting the coverage it deserves

Labour’s education spokesman, Aodhán Ó Riordáin. Picture: Rollingnews

The return of schools is just a few days away and it’s crystal clear there won’t be enough teachers to fully meet the needs of students.

It’s an extraordinary situation that despite the best efforts of the likes of Labour’s education spokesman, Aodhán Ó Riordáin, school principals and teaching unions, hasn’t got the attention it warrants.

By any rational analysis, the prospect of students in a reputed ‘knowledge economy’ being taught by unqualified teachers, or ...