School network: Quebec will know how many teachers are missing

While the school network has been struggling with staff shortages for several years, Quebec is implementing a mechanism that allows it to know the number of vacancies each week. It was about time, counter the teachers’ unions.

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A weekly survey will be conducted beginning Aug. 15 to determine how many vacancies remain in Quebec’s schools, the Department of Education told the school network in a note sent out earlier in the week.

Data on the shortage of teachers, educators, special educators, speech therapists and psychologists are collected.

“This portrait will make it possible to specifically address the main difficulties in filling these positions and, if necessary, to analyze possible solutions,” it reads.

” Finally ! “

The Confederation of Teachers’ Unions (FSE-CSQ) welcomes this initiative, although Quebec’s Vice-President Brigitte Bilodeau says it has been slow to implement it. “Finally! Better late than never,” she said.

“If we’re going to be able to effectively respond to the shortage and make the right decisions to solve the problem, at the very least, we need the right data,” added Ms.me Bilodeau.

The latter recalled that at the beginning of its term, the Legault government refused to recognize the shortage of schools in Quebec, confining itself to speaking of “scarcity” of labor in certain regions.

However, the situation has deteriorated in recent years as the number of non-legal teachers has tripled in five years.

In June, the Ministère de l’Education was given the task of coordinating a committee to find short-term solutions to the shortage of staff in the school network.

Last September, the Department of Education reported that 247 full-time teaching positions in Quebec remained unfilled, but that number excludes hundreds of part-time contracts that had not yet been filled.

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