Paid practicum crucial for future of teaching profession

27 February, 2024

The IEU-QNT has endorsed the Federal Government’s Universities Accord Final Report recommendation to reduce financial pressure on teaching students by introducing paid practicum.

The review backs long-running calls from unions and academics for students to be compensated for compulsory placements that currently lead to high dropout rates and financial stress.

Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEU-QNT) Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the change was overdue.

“In a sector currently facing an attrition crisis, many potential teachers are deterred from the profession due to the reality of undertaking months of unpaid work,” Mr Burke said.

“Providing financial support for student teachers is crucial to ensure the future of the teaching profession, particularly during a cost-of-living crisis.

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