It’s no secret many teachers in B.C. have gone out of province to look for jobs.
Now that the Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the province to restore class size and composition to 2002 levels , will the ones who went away to find work come back?
University of British Columbia Professor emeritus of Educational Studies and former Deputy Minister of Education Charles Ungerleider expects out of province teaches to return to B.C., but just how many is the question.
“There is a process in each of the collective agreements for who is called back, if you’re on a recall list.”
“If there are jobs, they are going to want to come back. Some people who would find it difficult to find housing because of the price of housing Vancouver, might go to Port Alberni if they are hiring, but if they found a full time job somewhere, they are probably not going to want to come back.”
Asked if restoring class sizes would cause a teacher shortage?
“There are people who are graduating who don’t get permanent contracts right away. It won’t require additional numbers being pushed out of the universities.”
“French immersion and highly qualified special needs teachers are often in a shortage.”
He says around 750 teachers will need to be hired to restore levels.