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