SD57 Hiring Unqualified TTOCs
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George School District is pulling out all the stops to ensure there is an adequate number of teachers teaching on call in the district.
Better known to most as substitute teachers, there’s been a shortage of TTOCs ever since the hiring of more staff began in the wake of the BCTF’s Supreme Court victory over the provincial government regarding class size and composition late last year.
“So, right now the human resources department have put out a posting for what we refer to as C list subs – which are individuals who have a post-secondary degree but may not be qualified teachers,” says Tim Bennett, chair of the Prince George School Board. “The district of course will be committed to ensuring that wherever possible that we have A list subs in the classrooms but at this point with the hiring of all the staff due to the Supreme Court ruling, the district has a severe shortage of TTOCs in the district and we need to make sure that we have individuals in the classroom.”
Superintendent of schools, Marilyn Marquis-Forster, says it’s always the rule to use all of the district’s certified teachers first but says using C list subs already occurs in the more rural parts of the district.
“Where supply teachers are sometimes not available – in a short-term situation. It’s also been used in many of our neighbouring districts quite regularly.”
She says it’s too early to say how many they’ll be hiring.
“I don’t know right now because we don’t even know what sort of response we’re going to have. And of course we want to be screening these people very carefully, says Marquis-Forster.
“We don’t know how many we will be looking at. I can give more information as the process unfolds but we currently on any given day may have between two, five, 10 classrooms that require coverage.”