Province Commits Money To Hiring Teachers

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Province Commits Money To Hiring Teachers

Education Minister Mike Bernier has announced details of a Memorandum of Understanding with the BC Teachers Federation, which includes $50 million to hire 1,100 new teachers. The announcement came as a result of a BC Supreme Court ruling in November that will revert class sizes, among other things, to 2002 levels. Those levels will require an additional 3,500 teachers in the BC.
“We have to find a way that is both practical and appropriate for the education system we have today. This new funding will help to kick-start the changes we all know are required following the recent Supreme
Court of Canada decision,” says Bernier. “While the positive negotiations continue, we’re going to keep focused on solutions that work for kids in their classrooms.”
Bernier says how many teachers are needed in the Districts will be determined by the Districts themselves.
Meetings have been set up between the Prince George District Teachers Association and District 57 but Chair of the Board of Education Tim Bennett says recruitment is a challenge.
“We are facing some challenges making that teachers come and see what Prince George has to offer. Recruitment is something that we, as a Board, are watching closely. But we know that our HR Department will be ready to do what they need to do to to ensure that we have teacher.”
The Board has yet to learn the fine details of how much it will be receiving from that amount, but expect it will be based on a per-student basis.

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