College of Teachers concerned about EIC proposal
September 11 1997
TORONTO – The chair of the new professional college responsible for
regulating Ontario’s teaching profession has serious reservations about the
Education Improvement Commission’s recommendation to add instructors who are
not qualified teachers in the province’s schools.
Donna Marie Kennedy, Chair of the Ontario College of Teachers, said today
that the proposal would undermine accountability to parents and students.
"The College of Teachers is a professional body that ensures accountability
to students, parents and the public. Allowing individuals into publicly-funded
classrooms who do not meet the criteria for membership in the College will
create a two-tier system that will not give either students or parents the
assurance that all those who provide instruction meet the standards expected
of qualified teachers. Surely people who provide guidance counselling, physical
education and technological education services should be qualified to teach
and should be regulated in terms of their qualifications.
"There seems to be a naïve assumption that people who are not adequately trained
and certified are able to teach in the classroom. The College can not ensure
that the pre-service education of these individuals meets the standards set
by the College and would be unable to regulate their standards of practice
or discipline them for professional misconduct or incompetence.
"As the professional body for teachers, we believe it is unacceptable to add,
into Ontario schools, instructors who are not qualified teachers and who are
not subject to professional discipline. We look forward to an opportunity to
discuss our concerns with the Minister of Education and Training," Kennedy