Student teachers should be paid for practicum placements

7 November, 2023

With half of all student teachers failing to finish their teaching degree, a major rethink is needed on how the next generation of teachers can be better supported to complete their studies and stay in the teaching profession.

Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) Federal Secretary Brad Hayes said addressing the cause of historically low teacher graduation rates required a broad suite of reforms; however, one obvious solution is to pay trainee teachers for practical placements.


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