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College of Teachers Not Consulted on Re-Certification Plan

April 22 1999

TORONTO The Ontario governments proposal to re-certify teachers every three to five years came as a complete surprise to the regulatory body that licenses teachers, says the Chair of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Chair Donna Marie Kennedy and College Registrar Margaret Wilson met this morning with Minister of Education and Training David Johnson to seek clarification of the plan announced by Premier Harris on Monday.

"Mr. Johnson assured us that his ministry will consult the College," said Kennedy. "However, we still do not know any more about the thinking behind this proposal than we did after reading the Premiers news release."

The re-certification proposal was part of the Charter of Education Rights and Responsibilities announced by Ontario Premier Mike Harris on April 19.

"Since its inception two years ago, the College has made consultation with members and the public a high priority," said Kennedy. "As part of its regular outreach activities, the College regularly consults members of the College and the community. The College's decisions and policies are based on sound research and extensive consultations before implementation.

"The College is the independent licensing body for teachers in Ontario. In its role as a regulatory body, the College should not and does not involve itself in partisan political activities. We are responsible to the public and the profession for the regulation of teaching qualifications," said Kennedy.

The College is governed by a Council made up of 31 members, 17 elected by teachers across the province and 14 appointed by the government.

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