Friday, September 27, 2013

Wynne admits practice of seniority-based hiring of teachers needs fixing

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says a regulation that forces Ontario school boards to hire teachers based on seniority for long-term supply jobs may have been an “over-correction” and that her government is looking to change it.

The government said it introduced Regulation 274 to prevent nepotism and favouritism in hiring practices, but critics charge that seniority-based hiring will exacerbate the unemployment crisis hurting new teachers. The provision requires that principals hire from within the first five teachers on the seniority list for long-term occasional contracts, instead of simply picking the person they believe is best suited for a position. Long-term supply jobs are traditionally the steppingstone to permanent positions.

On Wednesday, Ms. Wynne conceded that the government may have gone too far with the regulation.  (more...)

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