Merit not seniority will lead to hiring in schools: Ontario Education Minister
Ottawa/IBNS: Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce on Thursday announced in a news conference in Vaughan that all school boards in the province will hire teachers based on merit repealing the old policy of following the seniority.
"This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff. Merit will lead hiring in our schools," said Lecce.
The earlier policy was created in 2012 by the then-Liberal government.
Some school boards had been complaining in the past that the rule made it harder for younger applicants straight out of their education degree to break into the system, constraining the school boards from diversifying the teaching workforce.
This move by Lecce was welcomed by the umbrella group of Ontario's public school boards.
"Transparent and equitable hiring practices are essential in order to ensure a highly qualified teacher workforce that reflects the diversity of students and school communities, and meets local needs," said Cathy Abraham, president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, in a statement.
Lecce characterized the move as temporary but did not give a timeframe for putting the rule back in place.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)