Dozens of teachers and support staff are still being sought to fill vacancies at schools in Estrie and Center-du-Québec.
With less than two weeks before the start of the school year, there is a shortage of teachers in schools. Some classes may start the year without a teacher.
“It’s a particularly difficult return to school,” said the general manager of the scolaire des Bois-Francs service center, Alain Desruisseau.
On the Eastern Township School Board, only 29 of the 400 available positions are still open. This is an improvement over last year according to School Board President, Michael Murray. The latter also believes that replacements should be appointed to meet the needs during the year.
Non-legally qualified employees are required
School Service Centers are confident that vacancies will be filled before the start of the school year. However, assistance from non-legally qualified personnel is required.
“We have an opportunity for anyone with a baccalaureate in a certain field. I have a baccalaureate in physical education or English, for example, even if I don’t have pedagogy, I can give my name. The Director General of the Higher Cantonal School Service Center explained, Marshall Goudreau, “At that time, we accompany them.”
This is a measure that would not be necessary, according to the Haute-Yamaska teachers’ union, if working conditions were better.
Childcare teachers are also needed. In some establishments, opening hours can be discovered and childcare requests from parents are no longer accepted.
In Sherbrooke, the needs are greater in reception classes as there is more and more immigration. Dozens of French teachers are still needed.
There are more and more children in schools. Thus, normative classes would be required.
The School Service Centers Région-de-Sherbrooke and Les Chênes will submit applications to the government for the establishment of new schools. A reality affecting many school service centers in the region. Quebec who will determine to whom the amounts will be offered.
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