Teach­ers have been si­lenced long enough

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

I must com­mend Randy Simms on his col­umn en­ti­tled “ Teacher’s al­le­ga­tions worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing,” which ap­peared in the Oct. 30th edi­tion of The Tele­gram.

Please keep this is­sue in the fore­front un­til the min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion and the govern­ment take ac­tion. Teach­ers have been si­lenced for far too long. Un­able to speak for fear of never be­ing hired, and if hired, fear from be­ing rep­ri­manded.

Nepo­tism is the guid­ing fac­tor to get­ting hired within the school sys­tem in this prov­ince. The con­tract states hir­ing is based on com­pe­tence, qualifications and suit­abil­ity. I would as­sume com­pe­tence and qualifications would be the pri­mary fac­tors; not so in these boards.

There are teach­ers in the sys­tem work­ing in spe­cialty ar­eas with­out the de­gree in the spe­cialty; and there are teach­ers with the de­grees look­ing to be hired.

How can you be com­pe­tent and qual­i­fied in an area you are not ed­u­cated in?

How are you con­sid­ered for a job com­pe­ti­tion if you have not met the ed­u­ca­tional re­quire­ments? For ex­am­ple, I am a nurse with over 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence. If I ap­ply for a job that re­quires a B.N. de­gree, then I am not con­sid­ered in that job com­pe­ti­tion be­cause I do not have the re­quired ed­u­ca­tion.

That is the way most or­ga­ni­za­tions would hire. That is the fair way of hir­ing. Within the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, this is not hap­pen­ing, and cer­tainly is wor­thy of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Chil­dren are our most valu­able re­source, and de­serve the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble de­liv­ered by the most ed­u­cated teach­ers in the field. Since that man­date is en­trusted to the board of ed­u­ca­tion and the NLTA, then they owe the peo­ple of this prov­ince an ex­pla­na­tion.

With the clos­ing of the school for the deaf and more and more about in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion, the chil­dren of this prov­ince de­serve the most qual­i­fied teach­ers in their spe­cial­ties to ed­u­cate them to at­tain their max­i­mum ed­u­ca­tional po­ten­tial.

I know these things are hap­pen­ing and it is time for the govern­ment and the min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion to con­duct an in­quiry into these mat­ters.

As a com­mu­nity, we must speak up and not be si­lenced. Our chil­dren are count­ing on us. Bar­bara Clark

St. John’s

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