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‘That doesn’t fill me with too much confidence’: Unqualified teachers infiltrate schools

Chris Smith
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The government pours billions of dollars into education but it appears some of that money isn’t being spent wisely.

In Queensland, up to one-third of science, technology, engineering and maths teachers aren’t actually qualified according to the Courier Mail.

There’s such a shortage of teachers specialising in these subjects that teachers from all sorts of departments are being forced to teach them.

“So you’ve got a music teacher telling everyone about engineering,” Chris Smith says.

“Now, as a parent, that doesn’t fill me with too much confidence, it sounds like a mess.”

Chris questions whether its due to the fact that STEM teachers realise they can potentially make more money in the private sector, working for a company that specialises in the subject they’ve learnt.

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