Amendments ensure that teachers will be qualified
October 30 1997
TORONTO – The Ontario College of Teachers, the professional body responsible
for licensing and regulating Ontario’s teachers, says amendments to Bill 160
announced today respond to the College’s concerns.
"We are pleased that Minister of Education and Training, Dave Johnson, has
listened to the College and removed the possibility that non-certified instructors
will replace qualified teachers in Ontario’s classrooms," said College Chair,
Donna Marie Kennedy.
The College had recommended the withdrawal of four clauses of the Education
Quality Improvement Act, 1997 that would have given the Minister of Education
and Training broad regulation making powers that would have permitted the
hiring of unqualified teachers. All four of these clauses were withdrawn.
College Registrar Margaret Wilson welcomed clarification on the issue. "We
were concerned that these sections would have undermined the College’s ability
to ensure that teachers are competent and qualified. We are relieved that the
government has responded to the College’s concerns."
The Minister also introduced an amendment that gives the government the authority
to regulate the duties and qualifications of people assigned to assist teachers
or to complement instruction by qualified teachers in our schools.
"Ontario school boards currently hire teachers’ assistants and paraprofessionals," said
Wilson. "Where this is the case, a qualified teacher is responsible for program
planning and delivery, student assessment, liaison with parents, as well as
supervision of the individual who assists in the classroom. Today’s amendments
will ensure that this remains the case."
The College of Teachers is a self-regulating body created by the Ontario Legislature
in 1996 to regulate the teaching profession in the public interest. It sets
ethical and professional standards for teachers, establishes teaching qualifications
and accredits education program providers and programs.
"The Ontario College of Teachers is committed to sustaining and improving
the quality of the teaching profession and therefore the service received by
students, parents and the public of Ontario in our schools," Kennedy said.