MSP calls for more teachers to stem Dundee’s "brain drain"

07 January 2009

Marlyn Glen is asking Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop what she intends to do to stem "Dundee’s brain drain", with the prospect that up to 40 per cent of the city’s current secondary school teachers and 38 per cent of the current primary school teachers will either have retired or become eligible for early retirement in the next 4 to 5 years.

Ms. Glen said that official information from the Scottish Parliament indicated that in Dundee secondary schools there are presently 162 teachers in the 50-54 age group and a further 167 who are aged 55 or over.

She said,

"Together they make up around 40 per cent of the city’s secondary teaching force and by 2012/13 many will either have retired or will be considering applying for early retirement.

" There are 329 secondary teachers aged 50 and over, but only 109 under the age of 30. The average age of a secondary teacher in the city was 45."

The situation in primary schools was little better.

The same skewed distribution was found in primary teachers with 259 aged 50 and over but only 132 aged under 30. The average age of a primary school teacher in the city was 43.

"These teachers must be replaced by other younger professionals," she said,

"However, last November the Scottish Government rejected my plea to spend more money on recruiting teachers in Dundee who had completed their probationary year in the city, but had been unable to find permanent posts."

Ms. Glen said that she would now raise the matter with Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Ms. Glen said,

"With such large numbers set to leave teaching in Dundee over the next four to five years, it is vital that the Scottish Government re-thinks its decision not to spend more money on employing more teachers in Dundee schools.


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