Volume 95, Issue 81

Thursday, March 7, 2002
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Ed. students denied class placements

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

One hundred and fifty student teachers at Western and hundreds more across the province have lost out on planned classroom placements in Catholic schools, due to a conflict between the Catholic teacher's union and the province.

Under new provincial government guidelines, all teachers in Ontario are required to complete the Professional Learning Program, a re-certification program mandated by the provincial government. The program is administered by the Ontario College of Teachers and offered by education faculties.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, who oppose the new guidelines, gave teacher's colleges until Feb. 25 to withdraw from the PLP. When that deadline passed, the OECTA barred student teachers from placements in Catholic schools.

Prospective teachers need to complete in-school training to receive their degrees.

Allen Pearson, dean of education at Western's Althouse College, said OECTA's move has had a serious impact on approximately 150 of the 800 students at Althouse.

Although Althouse is not one of the schools that has submitted courses to be used in the teacher re-certification program, they do offer additional qualification courses that some teachers may want to use towards re-certification, he said. "We have and we always will," he said.

Althouse is working hard to find other placements for students, he said.

OECTA president Kathy McVean said the union is asking faculties to withdraw from the PLP, but has received little support.

Joel Campbell, president of Western's Education Students' Council, said a number of students were recently informed they were not wanted at Catholic schools because OECTA would not be accepting the placements they had previously set up.

"While we can understand OECTA's disagreement with re-certification, the students of the faculty of education and the [ESC] do not agree with what OECTA has done," he said.

Denys Giguere, spokesman for the OCT, said a minimum of 40 days of practical teaching and observation are mandated by the provincial government for a teaching certificate.

Of the approximately 6,500 students in education faculties across Ontario, roughly 30 per cent are affected by the OECTA decision, Giguere said.

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