NSW Teachers Federation President, Angelo Gavrielatos, fears teacher shortages will grow in Australia as hundreds of staff are sacked or forced to take leave after refusing to accept mandated COVID-19 vaccines.
“Non-competitive salaries, an ageing teaching service and ever-growing expectations on teachers and principals are all making it a less attractive profession for young, high-achieving students,” Mr Gavrielatos told The Australian.
“There is no doubt [unvaccinated teachers leaving their job] will add to the stress experienced by the system.”
Teachers in NSW were required to have received both doses of the vaccine by Monday, while those in Victoria and the ACT must be fully vaccinated by November 29.
As of Tuesday, 98 percent of NSW government school teachers had received both doses of the vaccine, leaving the vaccination status of 2700 staff members in doubt.
Source: The Australian.