Looming teacher shortage in NY could spur recruitment from PH

NEW YORK — A teacher shortage is sweeping the nation, and in New York, there already seeing signs that a severe teacher shortage is looming.

According to NYSUT or the New York State United Teachers Union of 600,000 educators, as student enrollment grows by 61,000 in the next seven years,
enrollment in teacher education programs has dropped by 49 percent since 2009.

That’s a drop from more than 79,000 students, to about 40,000 students in 2015.

“More than a third of the 270,000 are projected to retire in the next five years, most of them are baby boomers, and this of course will impact our schools,” said Nerissa Linell Joie T. Calub, education administrator for the NYC Department of Education.

This means the New York state will need 180,000 teachers in the next decade.

But there are not enough teachers being produced in the Empire State to respond to this looming shortage.

7th and 8th grade teacher Ramil Buenaventura says the Department of Education has recruited teachers like him from the Philippines in the past, to fill this shortage.

“New York City is so lucky to have like excellent teachers from the Philippines who are now serving the city, heads up po, ngayon pa lang po nai-post yan sa diyaryo, nag aapply na yung mga ibang teachers.”

Public schools teachers in the Philippines are now making at least 19,000 pesos, or $375 a month, according to the Philippine Department of Education.

“Natutuwa naman ako at maganda ang sahod ng ating public school teachers, sana po’y taasan pa natin para huwag masyado umalis at iwanan an gating bayan.”

Starting salaries for NY teachers range from $54,000 dollars base pay, up to $81,694 for those with master’s degrees and 8 years teaching experience.

“Our kababayans still have time to prepare, finish your master’s degrees, have actual classroom experience, get more credits when it come to child psychology, because that would really matter a lot,” said Calub.

Calub adds that math, science, foreign language and special education teachers are most likely to be needed when the time comes.

International hiring positions can be found on the New York Department of Education website when the need arises.

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