In light of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling requiring school districts across the province hire thousands of teachers, the Catholic school system is seeing teachers break contracts in order to make the switch.
“There’s a small handful of teachers every year that probably don’t fulfil the terms of their contract, leaving for public schools. It’s a small number, though, it continues to be. I would say it’s probably growing a little bit though in light of this ruling,” says Superintendent Dan Moric with the Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese.
He says teachers in the Catholic system renew contracts yearly, but since the court ruling, he has seen the number of teachers who’ve decided to change schools rise slightly.
“A small trickle probably describes it. It may be growing a little bit, maybe a dozen at best of teachers who I am hearing right now have decided to change schools.”
With the government preparing to dole out more money for teachers, Moric says independents schools need to be prepared.
“I would not be surprised if we experience or see more teachers making different decisions with respect to their employment than we have in previous years…I think it’s safe to say we have to be on top of our game a little bit more than we might have been in the past.”
Earlier this week, President of the BC Teachers’ Federation Glen Hansman said they were beginning to see the early signs of a staffing crunch.