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Unvaccinated teachers who refused to get jabbed are allowed to return to the classroom in Victoria

Unvaccinated teachers who refused to be stung allowed to return to classroom in Victoria as state battles teacher shortage

  • Unvaccinated teachers, school staff and childcare workers are allowed to return to work
  • The mandate for which these workers had to be vaccinated three times expires on Friday

Unvaccinated teachers, school staff and childcare workers can return to work in Victoria next week.

The mandate for which these workers had to be vaccinated three times expires on Friday.

Parents are not informed about the vaccination status of teachers and have no right to ask if they have been stung.

The mandates will be dropped in mainstream schools, but will remain in specialized schools.

“Parents have no right to ask for this information and no one at the school should have this information,” reads a information sheet for principals.

Unvaccinated Victorian teachers back to school next week

Unvaccinated Victorian teachers back to school next week

‘Clients have no information about the vaccination status of employees or students.

It comes after 351 teaching staff were fired in April for not getting the shot and a further 280 employees were fired for not getting a third shot.

Those with two jabs can return to their old roles, while the rest can apply for new jobs.

Victoria faces a teacher shortage, with teachers being offered $700 a day to work in regional schools, while principals struggle to fill key positions.

There are currently staff shortages in regional Victoria and in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne as illness combined with absenteeism limits rosters.

Executives say the number of teachers appears to be declining and the number of applications for positions falling dramatically this year.

This has resulted in those in the field picking up more work to cover empty positions and then getting burned out.

“We don’t get applicants for positions we advertise. English, humanities, usually we get multiple candidates, and we don’t have them,” Anthony Rodaughan, principal of Kurnai College in Morwell, told The Age.

‘The teachers who are not sick take extra lessons, which reduces their energy level.

“The whole place is getting thinner and thinner, so some people need a mental health day, they just have to get out, and that leaves a hole that someone else has to fill so it can squirm.”

The director of the Victorian Principals Association, Andrew Dalgleish, said more needed to be done to entice students into teaching.

He said people in the industry continue to discuss ways to increase the appeal of the profession, but things don’t seem to be moving as fast as they’d like.

Melbourne teachers are already eligible for initial payments of up to $50,000 if they take long-term employment at a regional government school.

As part of his pre-election pledge, Anthony Albanese announced a $150 million plan to increase the number of high achievers in education and the number of science and math teachers.

Under the plan, 5,000 students with an ATAR of 80 or higher can receive $10,000 per year to teach, plus an additional $2,000 if they move to the bush.

The plan will also fund an additional 1,500 internships to retrain mathematicians and scientists and support them in working part-time as teachers while earning their master’s degree in education.

If the proposal goes through, it means students could earn up to $40,000 for studying teaching and up to $48,000 if they’re willing to work in a regional area.

More to come.

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