Does B.C. have enough teachers?
Tuesday’s budget is expected to include a huge jump in funding for the Education Ministry.
It’s a question of how much, as the Provincial government copes with last Fall’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling to restore class size and composition.
Some districts have already reported a crunch in hiring as they bring on 1,100 new teachers from an interim $50 million between the B.C. Teachers Federation and the Provincial government.
The Union says about $300 million will be needed to fully deal with the court decision, and if the Union’s right, that would mean the hiring of several thousand more teachers.
Former Education Deputy Minister and now UBC Professor Charles Ungerleider says there won’t be a shortage of teachers, at least in the short term.
“It’s a question of timing if the demand for teachers comes at the time when graduates are completing their teacher-education program, and not hired all at once, then over time there should be a sufficient number of teachers.”
He says the bigger issue is getting teachers to move to rural areas.