The labor shortage in Salzburg is now spreading to compulsory schools. There is a shortage of 25 full-time teachers in elementary and middle schools. Now there is a scramble for specialists here too – after kindergartens, care areas, gastronomy, industry and the transport sector. Educational institutions woo teachers.
Meanwhile, the directorates of middle schools and kindergartens are looking for additional staff among primary school teachers – in Pinzgau, for example, for work in mathematics and physics.
Debate of the state councilors
For education state councilor Daniela Gutschi (ÖVP) this is a worrying development: “Of course, every director tries to have the right staff in his school. It is of course legally possible, but technically not wise, to let primary school teachers teach in middle schools. We have to find other ways. “
The regional councilor Andreas Klambauer (NEOS), who is responsible for childcare and kindergartens, recently suggested the use of elementary school teachers in kindergartens.
That doesn’t make the situation any better, says Education Minister Gutschi: “I spoke to her. We do not assume that primary school teachers will work in kindergartens. Because there are too few staff and no waiting lists for jobs at elementary schools. “
More students, more overtime
Gutschi would rather look for teacher training students who should step in. In addition, one could motivate teachers to work more overtime, said the politician.