Nunavik school board faces staffing shortages as schools open

October 21, 2020

With all 17 of the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq’s elementary and secondary schools open after a staggered opening throughout September, students have returned to class for the first time since March. However, staffing shortages continue to hamper some school operations and have forced the Tukisiniarvik school in Akulivik to close after it was unable to secure enough teachers, janitors, and other support staff. The KI has nine vacant teaching positions, nine vacant Inuktitut teaching positions, and a number of vacant essential positions “in almost every community,” according to Kativik Ilisarniliriniq Director General Harriet Keleutak. KI states that it has successfully moved its Adult Education learning online using Moodle, enabling students to download their courses and access the curriculum at home and offline. “Nunavimmiut who register in general education courses often choose the adult sector because they are juggling work and family obligations,” explained KI interim director of adult education and vocational training Mamadou Diop, “They need flexibility in terms of when they can do their learning. Moodle is going to make a big difference in helping them reach their goals.” Nunatsiaq Online (NV)