B.C. parents of French immersion students are becoming increasingly frustrated with the overall lack of teachers, and are asking the ministry of education to get moving on past promises to address the shortfall.
The Canadian Parents for French B.C. and Yukon wrote to Education Minister Rob Fleming and the media this week, calling the shortage of French teachers a “critical deficit” that’s been raised within the province for the past four years, with no action.
“Since this shortage was initially addressed, there have been no new initiatives, no new programs, and no new funding announcements to address the teacher shortage,” wrote Glyn Lewis, the group’s executive director.
In Chilliwack, all of the French immersion positions are currently covered, says Evelyn Novak, superintendent of schools. And they are already planning for next year’s addition of a Grade 5 cohort at Cheam elementary school.
“We will likely be trying to hire at least a couple of French Immersion teachers,” she adds. “We believe we are going to need to fill some French Immersion TTOCs for the fall as well.”
The district’s human resources department is already actively recruiting for those positions, and is planning to attend the Francophone Education Career Fair at the University of Ottawa in February, Novak says.
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