As School District 59 has put out a call for any post-secondary and or grade 12 graduates, regardless of teaching qualifications, the province has announced more training and funding for educator recruitment.
Teacher shortages across British Columbia have prompted the provincial government to announce more funding for training and recruitment as 54 school districts of the 60 in the province are having difficulty finding and retaining teachers.
B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Glen Hansman said the shortages have reached the point where some school districts are hiring teachers who don’t have proper certificates and qualified teachers in Vancouver are leaving for plentiful jobs in other communities.
“This week, we’ve had stories of a mid-sized school district opening the floodgates to non-certified individuals in ways we haven’t seen before,” he said.
In South Peace School District 59, a shortage has the district considering applicants who do not have teaching certification, any post-secondary education or completion of Grade 12 will be considered. The division has put a call out for substitute teachers in all levels in Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, and Dawson Creek.
“Parents, rightfully, are very concerned about this,” Hansman said.
B.C. moved last year to hire 3,500 teachers following a Supreme Court of Canada decision that ruled former B.C. Liberal government legislation that stripped teachers of the right to negotiate class sizes and composition was unconstitutional.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation said in a statement that 16 years of underfunding education by the former government cannot be made up overnight however.