The numbers don’t add up to more new teachers in the province this year, according to the president of the Vernon Teachers Association.
B-C’s education minister says school districts have had a $580-million funding boost to hire up to 37-hundred new teachers and some educational assistants.
But VTA boss Lisa Laboucane says that money was announced a year ago.
“We’re not seeing an increase in funding so our schools are still short, our teachers are still purchasing resources out of their own pockets,” says Laboucane.
As far a teacher numbers go here, Laboucane says School District 22 has done well in filling many of the specialized positions needed compared to some other districts in the province.
However there are other professional challenges for teachers this year, especially at the high school level.
“We are implementing a secondary curriculum that teachers just saw in its final version in June so our high school teachers are going to be working very hard to implement a curriculum with very little training and resources.”
An estimated 600,000 students will return to B-C classrooms next month.