The B.C. Teachers’ Federation says we’re beginning to see the early signs of a staffing crunch in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling requiring districts to hire thousands of teachers.
BCTF President Glen Hansman says high demand is putting extra stress on hard-to staff schools such as those in B.C.’s north.
“There’s a bit of scrambling going on, and of course some people who’ve been in those remote northern and rural school districts perhaps are applying for full time jobs down in the Lower Mainland, or in the Victoria area. So there’s in province movement occurring already.”
But as far as the money goes, next week’s budget should offer a look behind the curtain.
“Whether the money’s there and what estimate they’ve done. Or what sort of a contingency they have in place in order to assure that school districts are not having to scramble.”
Hansman says staffing issues are also exacerbated by the gap between what B.C. teachers are paid versus those out of province.
He says he’s hopeful private school, on call, and B.C. teachers who’ve moved away could help fill the gap.
Hansman says finalizing the deal soon is crucial, with districts making their key hiring decisions in March and April.
Last November the court ruled the province had erred in tearing up teachers 2002 contracts, ending a nearly 15 year battle.