Volume 93, Issue 62

Thursday, Janurary 20, 2000


Voters to log on for election

Ottawa prof gets an "F" on exam question

UWOFA continues negotiating

Job fair reflects Ontario's need for teachers

PeopleSoft donation upgrades education

Province cracks down on welfare


Caught on campus


Job fair reflects Ontario's need for teachers

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

With the demand for educators increasing, tomorrow's fair for student teachers at Western's Althouse College could not come any sooner.

Carol Beynon, director of student services at Althouse College, said with nearly 40 school boards from across Ontario attending the job fair, there is definitely a surge in the demand for new teachers.

"There's a predicted boom," Beynon said. "Usually, very little hiring for second semester is done in the middle of the year," she added, in reference to teaching positions within the Thames Valley School District which have recently become available.

Thames Valley superintendent Jim Empringham confirmed his board is looking to fill at least eight positions before second semester begins at the end of this month. "We've had probably a dozen retirements and resignations at the end of the semester," he said.

This should be great news for the 795 student teachers who Allen Pearson, dean of education at Althouse College, said will be graduating in April.

Pearson said he agreed the need for teachers has been increasing over the past few years and is being felt all over Ontario. "My understanding is that the need really cuts across both panels and all the subjects," Pearson said of the demand felt for both primary and secondary school teachers. "There's no part of the province that's not looking for teachers."

Althouse College student Scott King, who hopes to teach English and history at the intermediate/senior level when he graduates, said he was optimistic about the increasing need for teachers.

"I graduated from university in 1995 and at that time, the demand was very little. I've been watching with great interest and obviously the demand is increasing."

Pearson said the greatest demand is for high school French teachers. The other severe demands are at the secondary level and include math, business and technical subjects.

King, whose focus does not include any of these subjects, said he does not think his job search will be impeded because of his English and history specialization.

"The new Grade 10 curriculum comes in this year, which means that all students will have to take a history class in Grade 10 and a new civics class," King said. "And there's always going to be a need for English teachers."

King said he could see French as being an asset. "I know for a fact that some of my friends in French already have interviews [today]."

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