A FIFE councillor has called for lessons to be learned after a number of teachers were left without jobs despite passing the interview stage.

Dunfermline South councillor James Calder said a "significant number" of teachers were affected by the issue which meant they were not offered a contract even though they had passed the recruitment process.

"Imagine being in their position, being informed they have been qualified for the role but effectively having the rug pulled from under their feet and being told there is not a job after all," he said. "I think for many of these teachers, they had recently qualified at the start of the teaching career. I know a number of them were angry, upset and felt let down.

"A lot of the applicants have previously given up other careers for teaching. They are passionate about making sure our young people have the best start in life and doing such important and wonderful jobs and this is something I think we have to recognise here."

At Thursday's full meeting of Fife Council, Cllr Calder's motion was passed that “Council notes that as of the end of June, 147 qualified primary school teachers and 46 qualified secondary school teachers who had passed the interview stage were not offered permanent full-time teaching roles.

"A number of these teachers are at the early stage of their career.

"While a number of them have been put on the supply list, this council would like to express its regret at this situation and the stress it has caused for those concerned.

"While the council welcomes Scottish Government funding for 71 FTE (full time equivalent) roles, Fife Council resolves to call on the co-leaders to write to the Scottish Education Secretary to ask how this situation can be avoided again in the future.”

Education committee convener, Councillor Craig Walker, said many applicants had taken up permanent or temporary positions or were working on the supply register.

He added: "While many teachers looking to work in Fife has caused its challenges this year, one thing for certain is Fife education services is obviously a sought-after place to work and I am sure that is something the whole chamber can celebrate."

Earlier this month, former Dunfermline MP Willie Rennie presented a petition with more than 1,400 signatures to the Scottish Government calling for an end to teacher unemployment.