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Teachers feel the heat

Tasmanian teachers say they are more stressed than ever as they negotiate a pay deal with the state government.
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Tasmanian teachers are complaining they are more stressed than ever as they negotiate a pay deal with the state government.

A survey by the Australian Education Union shows nine out of ten Tasmanian teachers are struggling to do all their work during rostered hours.

Leanne Clifford says it is even tougher when reports are due.

“I’ve been known to pull a few all-nighters. It’s like between two and two-and-a-half hours per student to write a report,” she said.

Fellow teacher Peter Harrison says it makes it tough to attract people to the profession.

“Do we fear for education? Do we fear for the teachers in the state? Yes we do. Are we going to attract top quality people? Well, that is the concern,” he said

Ninety per cent of teachers surveyed said their workloads had significantly increased over the past five years.