Public school teachers in BC are overworked and stressed according to a new poll.
According to the BC Teachers Federation, educators are concerned by significant gaps in meeting students’ needs.
Of those surveyed, 81.5% reported experiencing direct impacts from teacher shortages in their schools or districts.
Some of the biggest impacts reported were being unable to get their students the supports they need (62.3%), loss of preparation time (41.6%), and not taking personal or sick leave days when they needed them (35.9%).
Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said their overall workload had increased and they are experiencing more stress compared with the same time last year.
In addition, nearly 36% stated their workload was about the same or less, while 34.4% reported the same or lower stress levels.
Furthermore, 45% of those polled reported good or very good physical health, and roughly 40% reported their physical or mental health was worse than in 2022.
BCTF President Clint Johnston said the findings show a critical need for school districts and the provincial government to introduce meaningful strategies for recruiting and retaining teachers before they burn out.
“Teachers are doing their best to make it work, but without significant staffing increases, the pressures on them are unsustainable. Our public educators believe passionately in providing students with the best education possible and could do so much more with the full support of school districts and the BC government,” he said.
“The BC government has introduced some positive hiring and training strategies for nurses, doctors, and other professions that played pivotal roles during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s time to fix the teacher shortage.”
A full link to the survey can be found here.
(With files by Brendan Pawliw-MyPGNow)