Many universities are to be given quotas on the number of secondary teachers to be trained in key subjects for the first time to help ease a staffing “crisis” in classrooms.Irish Times

The move is likely to reduce the number of students who wish to teach in subjects where there is an oversupply of teachers, such as English, history and geography.

On the other hand, more training places will be set aside for students who wish to teach subjects where there are acute shortages of qualified teachers, such as physics, maths, Irish and European languages.

The subject quotas are to be introduced for National University of Ireland post- graduate teacher education programmes, the main route into secondary teaching. This will affect programmes at UCD, UCCNUI Galway and Maynooth University.

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