More than 8,000 unqualified individuals were employed as teachers in the 2018/2019 academic year as schools struggled to fill gaps during short-term absences.
Figures obtained by the Business Post show that 5,070 people who were not registered with the Teaching Council worked 61,873 days in a substitute capacity in primary schools last year.
Meanwhile, 3,151 unregistered individuals worked 6,892 days in a substitute capacity in secondary schools. These figures exclude schools run by Education and Training Boards.
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