In this article author Adam Carey explain how the gap of schooling quality between the wealthy and the poor is increasing over time with respect to teacher shortages. Research shows that students from disadvantaged schools are more than five times more likely to have their learning disrupted due to teacher absenteeism. They are also five times more likely to be taught by a teacher who is not qualified in that subject. Results from the PISA test, sat last year by 14,273 15-year-old Australian students in 740 schools, put students in the most socio-economically disadvantaged schools almost three years behind students in the most socio-economically advantaged schools in reading, maths and science. But teacher supply and quality was not the only area where there was a large gap between advantaged and disadvantaged schools.
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