Some NU communities likely to delay start of school year due to teacher shortage

August 22, 2018

A teacher shortage in Nunavut is causing concerns that the start of the school year in some communities might need to be delayed, reports CBC. “There's high [teacher] vacancy in communities all over Nunavut and basically all over Canada,” said Tony Nutarakittuq, chair of Igloolik's education authority. “Igloolik obviously is one of them, with short staff for the beginning of the year.” Schools in Arctic Bay, Cape Dorset, Clyde River, and Kimmirut are also facing teacher shortages. Heather Moffett, director of corporate services at NU's Department of Education, tells CBC that the number of vacancies is worse than previous years, adding that while the schools are doing everything they can to work through the shortage, “there are going to be a few communities where it's not going to be possible for school to open for all grades at the beginning of the year." CBC