Teachers have been silenced long enough
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