Tempted to teach

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to re­tire in the next few years,’’ he says.

‘‘It is es­sen­tial that we ad­dress short­ages in these fields by re­cruit­ing qual­ity teach­ers.’’

Five outer metropoli­tan and re­gional schools, in­clud­ing Mark Oliphant Col­lege, will serve as Teach SA Scholar sites to men­tor teach­ers and grad­u­ates.

Deputy prin­ci­pal and science and maths teacher Graham Fer­gu­son says it is vi­tal to wel­come more science and maths grad­u­ates into the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

‘‘We have some great teach­ers in these ar­eas but bring­ing in younger teach­ers, we have an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their skills while show­ing us new things,’’ he says.

Mr Fer­gu­son also says the face of maths and science is chang­ing within the job mar­ket.

‘‘If you think about em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, a lot of jobs these days are in cre­ative in­dus­tries,’’ he says. ‘‘Now, this used to be purely the arts and drama but now it’s all about new tech­nolo­gies and Web 2.0.

‘‘ Maths and science have been seen as hard and ir­rel­e­vant but if you look at a field such as gam­ing, the an­swers lie in maths.

‘‘What we’re do­ing in schools, we’re try­ing to bring the maths and science back up there.’’

Mr O’Lough­lin says a role in teach­ing re­quires pas­sion, pa­tience, prob­lem solv­ing and en­thu­si­asm.

‘‘Teach­ing is an ex­tremely re­ward­ing ca­reer that can help shape the lives of oth­ers and is a great way to give back to the com­mu­nity,’’ he says.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for stu­dents in their fi­nal year of science or maths at univer­sity, with an ex­cel­lent aca­demic record, close on July 11.

Pic­ture: Brooke Whatnall

Mark Oliphant Col­lege deputy prin­ci­pal Graham Fer­gu­son burns a strip of mag­ne­sium in the lab.

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