As reported by the BBC, new teachers are abandoning the profession because they are not being offered secure jobs, Scotland’s largest teaching union has said

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) said many newly-qualified staff were only being given short contracts.

The union is urging the Scottish government to increase council funding to pay for more permanent jobs.

The Scottish government said it was “taking strong action” to protect increased teacher numbers.

In a letter to First Minister Humza Yousaf, EIS General Secretary Andrea Bradley said high numbers of temporary contracts had “serious implications” for Scotland’s schools.

She said members had contacted the union over the summer months “in desperation” at the prospect of no work when the new term begins.

Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, Ms Bradley said there was “no hard data” to demonstrate the scale of the problem.

Although local authorities are responsible for teacher recruitment, Ms Bradley said councils needed ring-fenced funding to allow the more permanent posts.

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