New requirements for criminal back ground check requirements has the head of the province’e teachers federation concerned.
Jim Iker says the new rules that took the BCTF by surprise mean anyone who’s name and birthdate match a person on the sex offender registry much get fingerprinted *and * they have to pay for it.
He says, “That affects approximately one out of four males and one out of seven females this year who require criminal record checks – that’s about 3,000 people that will have to get additional checks.”
Iker says they are looking at the issue with legal advisors to see what the next step will be.
He is clear the concern is NOT over background checks — teachers have them every five years — but the issue is there there is such a low threshold for additional screening with this new regulation.