Survey Confirms Teacher Shortage in Independent Schools
In view of the massive hiring of teachers in the public sector, FISA conducted a survey on March 8-10, 2017. This was to ascertain the causes and scope of the problem. Of the 296 member schools, 60% completed the survey. FISA is confident that the alarming results reflect what is happening in independent schools across the province.
The survey resulted in four recommendations that have been forwarded to the Deputy Minister of Education and the TRB for consideration. They include:
- Immediate issuance of a temporary letter of permission certificates from the TRB to qualified individuals who may not hold a current BC teaching certificate.
- Expedited issuance of BC teacher certification to new graduates, certified teachers from other provinces or other jurisdictions/ countries.
- Inclusion of independent schools in any efforts by government to recruit teachers from other provinces or other jurisdictions.
- Prevention of public school districts from hiring teachers who are under contract to independent schools in the middle of the school year.
A complete summary has been sent to member schools as a separate document and a response on how FISA might help during the current staffing crisis.