Local Scottish Labour MSP has joined the Education Institute Scotland (EIS) union in calling for the recruitment of more teachers to assist in the recovery of Scotland’s education system following the coronavirus related lockdown period.
The EIS has written to all local authorities urging them to recruit more teachers and in doing so, giving priority to newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and recently qualified teachers (RQTs).
The union has argued that the damage done during lockdown, including any potential trauma experienced and the deepening of poverty and inequality, will be a ‘labour-intensive’ process in that children will require ‘counselling, support and nurturing’. As such, we will need more resource and more teachers.
Responding, Neil Findlay MSP said:
“There is no doubt that coronavirus related lockdown period have deepened inequalities across the country.
“Teachers will play a critical role in ensuring children are well supported and looked after as we recover. This means having more resources and more teachers on hand to support the post-covid recovery in our schools.