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School Boards and Ontario College of Teachers Discuss Teaching Qualifications and Discipline Issues

October 16 1998

TORONTO – More than 100 education directors and human resources representatives from school boards across the province met today at the Ontario College of Teachers to discuss teaching qualifications, College membership requirements and disciplinary issues.

The College organized the meeting to inform school boards of the work and accomplishments of its first year, clarify the roles and responsibilities of the boards and the College and encourage continued co-operation.

"I am pleased by the level of co-operation between school boards across the province and the College," said College Chair Donna Marie Kennedy. "We are working very closely together to ensure that Ontario teachers are highly-qualified and that teachers trained outside the province take the necessary courses they need to meet Ontario’s standards, which are more stringent than those of many other jurisdictions."

The College stressed the importance of making sure that all teachers in publicly-funded schools are members in good standing of the College to ensure the best education possible for Ontario students. As the profession’s regulatory body, the College is the only organization in the province that can assure parents that teachers are fully qualified.

The meeting is part of a series of meetings with school boards, faculties of education and the general public to explain the mandate and responsibilities of the College. The College will host a community information session in January for parents, community groups and the general public.

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