17 unfilled teaching posts in Aberdeenshire have been advertised 79 times, according to a Freedom of Information request revealed by North East Liberal Democrats Mike Rumbles MSP and Cllr Rosemary Bruce.
- A teaching post for Technical Education in Ellon has been advertised 14 times with just 4 applicants throughout,
- primary teacher vacancies in Banff have been advertised 9 times,
- a Chemistry teacher post in Aboyne has been advertised 6 times
- and an English teacher vacancy in Fraserburgh has been advertised on 5 occasions.
Mr Rumbles said: “Schools across Scotland are struggling to fill teaching posts and Aberdeenshire has seen many of the worst cases, with multiple posts being advertised over and over again.
“The First Minister has repeatedly said that education is her government’s flagship priority but the facts show a completely different story. Teacher morale is at rock bottom and councils are having to fill the gaps to encourage potential applicants to apply.”
Rosemary Bruce Liberal Democrat councillor for Banchory and Mid-Deeside, added: “Schools and teachers are under a huge amount of pressure. We have heard a lot of warm words about education from the Scottish Government but on the ground we just aren’t getting the support that we need.
“Aberdeenshire Council is working with the Northern Alliance to encourage teachers to come to the North East. We are also offering incentives for former teachers to return to the job and for people who are thinking of joining the profession and want to retrain.”