Volume 93, Issue 5

Friday, June 11, 1999


Bailie accused of "shotty" job

Teachers on the rise at Althouse

CPI increase means raise for USC

Tory backlash raises concern

Nurses extend arm to injured man

House of Commons votes pro pot

Two wheels better than four on Western bridge



In the city

Teachers on the rise at Althouse

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

In response to concerns surrounding Ontario's impending teacher shortage, Western's faculty of education will be opening its doors to more teachers in training this September.

A province-wide agreement to make more space in Ontario's teachers colleges was announced two weeks ago by the Ministry of Education and Training. A minimum of 500 more spaces will be made available in the fall.

Allen Pearson, dean of education, said Althouse College will up its enrolment by approximately 86 students, bringing the total number to approximately 750.

Pearson said the 86 more students represent Western's 13.5 per cent share in making 500 more spaces across the province. He also said the college has already sent out acceptance offers to 875 prospective students, but expects that number to drop, as applicants may opt to attend another school.

John Rutledge, subject group coordinator for business and computer studies at Althouse College, said he did not think more students would impose a strain on resources. "I'm not concerned. My computer class hasn't been full in 10 years," he said.

According to Pearson, the recent focus on Ontario's education system is a reason more students are interested in teaching as a career. "People are more enthusiastic about job opportunities," he said.

Rob Savage, spokesperson for the Ministry of Education and Training, said the province has allocated $3.75 million towards funding the new spaces. "We've always recognized there is a demand for more teachers."

"There is a recognition there are teaching jobs out there and it is a good career to get into," he said, adding the approximate 10,000 teachers who retired last year account for the surge in interest.

Maurice Bourque, director of communications for the Canadian Teachers' Federation, said he was not surprised by the announcement since Ontario has been facing a looming teacher shortage for some time now.

Bourque added half of all teachers presently teaching will be retiring within the next 10 years. "The system has a lot of replacing to do."

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