The Government will need to restore pay equality for teachers, pay retired teachers more to come back to school or employ panels of teachers to bridge gaps in substitution cover, TDs and senators have heard.
The recruitment of teachers to cover substitution needs is expensive and ineffective, Richard Bruton says.
More than one third of primary schools have been unable to hire a substitute teacher at least 10 times since September, a survey has found.
The chances of giving all primary schools the same high-speed broadband that is now available at secondary level are slim but the move remains a priority, the Department of Education has said.
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