Teachers still being sought in BC

Recruiters scramble to find teachers to fill B.C. shortage

A Postmedia analysis of the postings on the [B.C. Public School Employers’ website] from early this week reveals vacancies for more than 900 full- or part-time jobs, in addition to 1,000 schools looking for on-call teachers.

Stewart said some of those postings are technically filled because in some cases the temporary teacher currently in the classroom will be officially hired once the paperwork is completed. In other cases, the person temporarily filling the role doesn’t want the job permanently so new teachers still need to be found — often in specialist roles.

Multiple school boards, including Burnaby, Coquitlam and the all-French Conseil Scolaire Francophone, have indicated multiple vacancies for bilingual teachers or librarians, which are always hard to find in B.C.

“We definitely have higher volumes this year and we definitely have pressure points around those highly specialized positions in particular,” Stewart said. “I’m hopeful it will calm down (this month).”

However, the need for on-call teachers is still high — board officials have said 60 more are needed in Surrey and 30 more in Prince George, and a teachers’ union in Vancouver says 400 are required in the city. At a Vancouver school board meeting Monday, officials acknowledged there is a “lack” of on-call teachers in Vancouver that requires “creative solutions.”