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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.