In some countries, including Italy, more than half of teachers will retire within the next 15 years, and only 6.4% of teachers are under 35; Greece and Portugal alone accounted for 4.6 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.
Among teachers under the age of 35, more than a third of permanent contracts are in Italy (78%), as in Spain, Austria and Portugal, more than two-thirds, with short and often no contracts for a year (second in Italy).
Today’s report of the Eurydice Network focuses on teachers in Europe: Career, Development, Welfare and Lower Secondary School teachers.
The study points out that the shortage of teachers has worsened in recent years and is affecting 35 education systems in Europe (eight of which, including Italy, are experiencing shortages and over-supply).
Deficiencies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and foreign languages are pointed out to be more acute. The aging of teachers also affects more than half of the education system.
In the light of the Kovid-19 pandemic, the advanced age of teachers adds another factor to the overall weakening of education systems as a whole, due to their greater vulnerability and the widespread difficulty in managing teaching among older teachers. Technologies.