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Teachers in regional Australia worried rising Covid cases will exacerbate ‘massive’ staff shortages

Tuesday 25th January 2022

As students prepare to return to school, teachers are also concerned ventilation rules will make classrooms unbearably hot

The return to school in regional Australia amid rising Covid-19 cases could exacerbate existing teacher shortages and fatigue, and ventilation requirements may leave classrooms more exposed to the fierce summer heat.

Tim Danaher, the central west organiser for the New South Wales Teachers Federation, said many high schools in the state’s west were already starting the school year with two or three vacant teaching positions, while in towns such as Walgett the number is even higher.

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