One of the 12 teachers in England was absent from classes in the first week of spring, when the Omicron coronavirus posed a threat to schools and disrupted the education of thousands of students.
Education department figures released Tuesday show that 8.6 percent of teachers and school principals, or 44,000 people, are out of school opened on January 6, compared to 8 percent on December 16. About 4.9 percent of teachers were absent due to Covid, from at 3 percent on December 16th.
When students returned to class in September 1 percent of teachers left for reasons related to Covid, and 3.4 percent left.
Government statistics showed that the absenteeism rate was the same between teaching staff and school staff, leaving more than 105,000 staff in the classroom on January 6th.
The increase in staff has left school leaders struggling to provide enough teachers and some have warned of further disruptions as Omicron persists.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said “any hope that the Christmas holidays will be like a fire in schools and colleges” has “evaporated” this week.
“There is still a lot of confusion,” he said. “The crisis over the shortage of staff has continued to put schools and colleges at a disadvantage.”
Due to the permanent shortage, some schools have also sent staff to teach classes, merger classes, or transfer courses online. Supply education organizations and school administrators say the need for co-workers to reimburse their needs is growing.
Separate figures released Tuesday by Oak National Academy, a global online source for education, show the need to jump last week when 139,000 users logged on the platform last Wednesday compared to an average daily 40,000 within December.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said “making sure all children and young people can go to school or college” is his “first step”.
Faced with the shortage, the government last year asked former teachers to take action by registering to donate to organizations. Statistics released Tuesday show that at least 585 teachers volunteered, but found that it was not possible to prove it.
Paul Whiteman, secretary-general of the National Association of Head Teachers, said that while it was “good” to see teachers progress, the numbers were “low maritime compared to the magnitude of the challenges they were facing”.
His actions on the council showed “significant differences” in fees, he added, while more than 20 percent were removed “from a small but growing” school.
Government statistics also show that more than 314,000 children dropped out of school on January 6 due to the virus, equivalent to 3.9 percent of the population, compared to 3.7 percent at the end of last year.
Natalie Perera, head of the Education Policy Institute, a rational thinker, said the “severe shortage of staff” should be “temporary” and that the government should consider more aid, such as funding for teacher support staff.
“We need to find ways to support education that is more relevant to the areas most affected,” he said.