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rural school districts getting government help for teacher recruitment

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The Province will be investing two million dollars to enhance the recruitment and retention of teachers and other qualified education sector professionals to rural schools.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Mike Bernier and Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education Linda Larson announced Tuesday.

President of the Cariboo Chilcotin Teachers Association Murray Helmer calls the announcement as a
a very necessary component in the contract restoration process.

“All districts around the Province are having a hard time recruiting teachers to these newly created positions and we need whatever advantages we can get in Northern areas like ours to get teachers out of the lower mainland and into districts like ourselves”.

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Helmer says although he strongly believes that our school districts are on the list to receive part of the investment, he does not know how the funding will be allocated and which districts will benefit from it.

According to Helmer, 11 teachers in Schoo District No. 27 were hired with the first installment of money the government put forward.

He says that there has been money put into the contingency budget by the government for the next school year and that there will definitely be more positions to hire.
He says it’s just a matter of determining class size levels, and students with special needs before we can know for certain how many positions we are looking at.
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