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NEWS: Nunavut November 05, 2018 - 9:29 am

Nunavut’s education minister says most of territory’s teacher vacancies filled

NTEP program sees highest enrolment this year, expects 23 grads in 2019

After an acute shortage last summer, there are fewer than 20 teacher vacancies across the territory, Education Minister David Joanasie told the legislature Nov. 2. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
After an acute shortage last summer, there are fewer than 20 teacher vacancies across the territory, Education Minister David Joanasie told the legislature Nov. 2. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Nunavut is still short of teaching positions, but the territorial government’s Department of Education says it has now filled the majority of those vacancies.

As schools started to open in August for the 2018-19 school year, there were more than 60 teaching positions vacant Nunavut-wide, creating delays and staggered schedules in some classrooms.

But now there are fewer than 20 vacancies across the territory, Education Minister David Joanasie told the legislature Nov. 2.

“[That] means for every two schools in Nunavut there is only one vacancy,” Joanasie said in a minister’s statement Friday morning.

“Although I would prefer to see this number at zero, I would like to thank my department for all of their efforts made in recruiting teachers to Nunavut.

Joanasie said those efforts have included a “concerted recruitment strategy,” with staff engaging potential hires through career fairs, social media and direct contact with education faculties in Canadian universities.

While Nunavut’s schools deal with teacher vacancies year-to-year, the GN said hiring is particularly challenging this year with a shortage felt across the country, coupled with rising school enrolments and a high number of teacher retirements in recent years.

But Joanasie said there should be more Nunavut teachers entering the labour force in the years to come: Nunavut Arctic College’s own Teacher Education Program, or NTEP, has reported the highest enrolment this year in the program’s history, with 93 students.

NTEP runs in conjunction with the University of Regina’s faculty of education, and offers students a Bachelor of Education.

Among those 93 students enroled in the program this year, Joanasie said 90 of them are Nunavut Inuit, and they come from nine different communities across the territory.

Of that group, 23 students are expected to graduate at the end of this academic year.

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(7) Comments:

#1. Posted by Actually it is more. on November 05, 2018

24 teachers are needed today.

#2. Posted by Binky the doormat on November 05, 2018

On the surface this sounds like a success story, but it would be interesting to see a break down on how many of these vacant positions were filled with certified teachers vs those without any of the standard qualifications.

I seem to recall the department waiving educational requirements earlier this fall.

This information should be known and should be provided.

Maybe Nunatsiaq can follow up on this?

#3. Posted by How long will a new NTEP grad last? on November 05, 2018

Yes please: Nunatsiaq News please follow up on this. 
How many teaching positions that involve Inuktitut language instruction are presently fill by unqualified teachers?
The B.Ed exemption the was given to certain communities late summer/early fall: how many of the positions were filled with unqualified teacher?
By the way GN, doing so devalues the teaching profession.
Yes- teacher shortage in Nunavut & in certain other parts of Canada. Anyone who has been here 1 or 2 yrs knew this was coming.  Situation made worse by the fact that the Nunavut Teacher’s Union came to a tentative agreement with the GN that saw 1% pay raises for the first 2 yrs of the new contract. And ‘apparently’ a large number of members voted to accept this agreement (suspicions about the realities of that).
Are you kidding me!!
An annual 1% pay raise-factor in the increasing cost of living =ending up with less $ per/yr. Then there are teaching conditions.
Salaries are better for teachers in the NWT anyway.

#4. Posted by BS on November 05, 2018

#3…. Please tell why you have suspicions about the percentage of teachers that voted for the last CA. Everyone knows teachers aren’t getting big increases anywhere in Canada. 1’s on the grid instead of zeros are a good thing. There were also increases this time that are not in percentages, for groups like Langauge Specialists and Principals.

#5. Posted by Chicken wings positions on November 05, 2018

Must have been filled at wings night all vacancies with out any qualifications ?? That’s how NCJ fills the vacancies , look at the pattern and how they were filled, no competition and no advertisement too.

#6. Posted by Wings on November 05, 2018

#5 you are hilarious! best comment I’ve read in a while lol chicken wings positions hahahah

#7. Posted by “Hot Wing” on November 05, 2018

@# 5 Chicken Wings- what does wing night have to do with hiring teachers, staff, lakilled labour?  What people do “after hours” is their own business.  It is not an extension of what ever system of employment is in the city.  Small town politics should stay at home, what we do after hours whether it’s enjoying “hot wings”, local hockey, bingo, chilurch is non of anyone’s business.  Y’all should keep work at work, home at home and after hr where it belongs.  Not in the gossip column at work.  You’ll be so much happier.

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