IDEA reports shortage of substitute teachers

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Th

e number of substitute teachers available to serve Iqaluit schools has once again fallen to dangerous levels, Dominique Wielgosch, office manager for the Iqaluit District Education Authority reported at a meeting on Monday.

There are five substitute teachers on the list — including only one bilingual Inuktitut-speaker.

In February 2001, the IDEA began to recommend schools send students home on days when teachers are absent, rather than using principals and gym teachers to fill in.

A kindergarten class at Nakasuk School was sent home last week because the teacher was absent and the school could not find a temporary replacement.

“If you start using your administrative staff in [the classroom], you don’t have an administration any more,” said Kathy Smith, chair of the IDEA.

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