Nova Scotia trying to keep new teachers

Province holding job fairs in attempt to encourage new graduates to stay before other provinces lure them away
||Last Updated: 03/31/2003

Nova Scotia has launched a program to recruit teachers graduating from the province’s universities before they’re lured to other parts of the country.

Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is hosting a job fair designed to help the province’s school boards recruit new teachers before other provinces do

“We’ve taken a pro-active step to recruit these talented new teachers straight from university for Nova Scotia classrooms,” said Education Minister Angus MacIsaac. He also encouraged all qualified Nova Scotians who want to teach in the province to send resumes directly to school boards.

More fairs are planned around Nova Scotia and the province will be targeting New Brunswick as well. The province is organizing a fair in Fredericton for students attending the University of New Brunswick, University of Maine and Saint Thomas University.

With the new collective agreement between government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, school boards have more freedom to hire early while also providing job security for contract teachers.

Earlier hiring practices are part of the province’s “Learning for Life” plan, which includes the hiring of more than 300 new teachers over the next three years for special education and the reduction of class size in the early grades.

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