Auditor-General Andrew Greaves tabled a Report in the Queensland Parliament on 15 October 2013.
The Report found that -
107 of 170 Queensland secondary school principals stated that there were mathematics classes at their school being taught by teachers who were not qualified to teach Maths.
83 of 170 principals stated that they had science classes being taught by teachers who were not qualified to teach science.
28 per cent of Queensland secondary teachers who had a maths qualification did not teach maths.
41 per cent of Queensland secondary teachers who had a science qualification did not teach science.
Robina Cosser says : actually this is not a new problem. Once a teacher is qualified to teach it is reasonably common for them teach outside their specialist area.
But it is a bit difficult to understand why Maths and Science teachers - so much in demand - would be teaching other subjects.
Presumably they are teachers who have 'gone remote', done their time in the remote area, and then requested a transfer to an area where there was no need for a Maths or Science teacher.
Or maybe they had not enjoyed teaching Maths or Science.
Unqualified teachers put student education at risk in Queensland secondary schools, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 16 October 2013