As the race to hire approximately 1100 B.C. teachers heats up, it’s led to a couple problems: A possible shortage of on-call teachers, and concern Northern districts will lose out on resources to Southern districts.
As on-call teachers are being raised to full time, districts are reaching out to teachers who’ve since retired to fill the subsitute gap – like retired teacher Jim Graham.
“The School District is phoning, and they’re asking, ‘If you’re interested in [being a substitute teacher].”
However the district calling him, Maple Ridge, has a rule excluding retired teachers from joining the on-call list.
That said, overturning that rule might not be enough.
George Serra, president of the Maple Ridge Teachers Association:
“A lot of our retired teachers, you know, are not going to make themselves available five days a week and want to work every day.”
The Ministry of Education said part of the initial funding isn’t just to hire new teachers, but to develop ways to help fill the gaps.