TORONTO, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - "Today's announcement misses the mark on
the most pressing issue facing teachers today, which is the inability
of thousands of qualified teachers to get permanent full-time jobs,"
says Kevin O'Dwyer, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA), in response to the Minister of Education's
"Expanding the length of faculty of education programs to two years is
not necessary and will do nothing to help those certified teachers who
are currently looking for work."
Ontario teachers are already among the best trained and qualified in the
world. Ontario has received international recognition for the quality
and professionalism of its teachers who have graduated from the current
BEd program. Learning for teachers does not end upon graduation. The
ongoing professional learning needs of Ontario's teachers are well
served through an established system of formal 'additional
qualifications' (AQ) courses and other less formal learning
opportunities. Additionally, the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP)
and the experience that newer teachers gain from work as occasional
teachers also provides valuable, practical, experience, support and
According to statistics compiled by the Ontario College of Teachers,
every year in Ontario there are at least 7,000 more teachers seeking
work than there are available teaching positions. As these numbers
compound every year, the result is thousands of qualified and eager
teachers employed on an occasional or part-time basis for upwards of
five years before being able to secure permanent full-time work.
"The irony is, that the same day the government announces measures to
address the issue of teacher surpluses, school boards are complaining
that they cannot find occasional teachers," says O'Dwyer. "I am
frustrated with school boards for this false complaint and their
objections to Regulation 274, which would establish a fair and
transparent process that would give all qualified, unemployed teachers
an opportunity for meaningful work."
"Let's talk about why school boards are putting uncertified teachers in
classrooms when there are thousands of qualified and experienced
teachers they can be hiring," adds O'Dwyer. "That is what I want to
OECTA represents the 45,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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