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Ottawa, Oct 15 (Canadian-Media): Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Oct 15 in a news conference in Vaughan, the province's move to repeal Regulation 274, a policy that for the past decade has forced Ontario school boards to hire only from a pool of teachers that overlooked the criteria of merit.
"This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff. Merit will lead hiring in our schools," said Lecce.
Stephen Lecce. Image credit: Twitter handle
The policy was created in 2012 by the then-Liberal government.
Some school boards argued that the rule makes it harder for younger applicants straight out of their education degree to break into the system. The school boards are also constrained from diversifying the teaching workforce.
This move by Lecce was welcomed by the umbrella group of Ontario's public school boards.
"Transparent and equitable hiring practices are essential in order to ensure a highly qualified teacher workforce that reflects the diversity of students and school communities, and meets local needs," said Cathy Abraham, president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, in a statement.
Lecce characterized the move as temporary and did not give a timeframe for putting the rule back in place.
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Geneva/ILO, Oct 13 (Canadian-Media): The ILO and UNICEF have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Skills Development.
Skills Development & Life Long learning. Image credit: SIMS/USA
The agreement was signed virtually by the ILO’s Director-General, Guy Ryder, and Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF.
The MOU is intended to strengthen collaboration between the two agencies, in support of a lifelong approach to learning that will improve the employability of young people and promote a smoother school-to-work transition. It proposes a range of interventions that are easily adaptable to suit different countries and can be implemented jointly.
The agreement also brings together the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth (DJY), led by the ILO, and Generation Unlimited (GenU), led by UNICEF and capitalizes on the multi-stakeholder memberships of both agencies.
The MOU also supports the aims of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda , in particular Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
Speaking after the signing, Ryder said, "I welcome our new partnership with UNICEF to strengthen education and skills. It's a clear joint commitment for action to improve young people's job prospects and transitions from school to work, particularly in the context of COVID-19 . The MOU is a blueprint for strong collaboration to promote life-long learning in support of the 2030 Agenda."
Fore said, “We know that collaboration will be essential and that it will be very important to reimagine the world. Education and skills are areas where we can make enormous change. We have a once in a generation opportunity – something that will allow us to leapfrog the technologies to reach every child in every community. That will create a level playing field that our world has not yet seen. That is an area that together UNICEF and ILO can work on together strongly.”
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Toronto, Oct 1 (Canadian-Media): A large number of Canadian families had been forced to consider a switch from in-person to virtual learning where it's offered, due to rapid surge in COVID-19 cases by some Canadian provinces in just a few weeks after the start of the school year, media reports said.
Virtual classes. Image credit: Unsplash
With school boards across the country still working to entangle the problems of online classes including the assignment of teachers and reorganization of classrooms, the enrolment of numerous more students for online studies would likely mean more reorganization of classes later this fall.
Registration of more than 70,000 students out of roughly 250,000 students of the Toronto District School Board with virtual classes this fall had already been delayed twice.
Shelley Morse, president of the Canadian Teachers' Federation said that availability of teachers and substitute teachers in regions across the country had been an issue even before the start of the coronavirus pandemic and added,
"Gaps have existed, and provinces and territories haven't addressed it appropriately. One of the issues is that the pay is significantly less for a substitute than a regular classroom teacher...we've talked about a second wave ever since March, the work wasn't done to make sure that teachers were in place, that they entice more teachers to come. [Education ministries] could have raised that pay for this pandemic time to allow [more substitute] teachers to come back to school and do that work," reported by CBC News.
Some students and teachers are being matched up just this week.
"It is an absolute mess," Elementary Teachers of Toronto president Jennifer Brown said of the virtual school start so far.
"We have had half-time teachers being given full-time assignments. We've had students registered for classes without a teacher or, vice-versa, a teacher registered for a class with no accompanying student... We have also had specialty programs that don't have the teachers with the specialty qualifications lined up. It's an administrative nightmare," CBC News reported.