QC’s new teachers face difficult job market

October 15, 2014

The Montreal Gazette recently explored the difficulties facing many recent graduates from the province’s teacher education programs, noting that declining enrolment in the province’s English school boards has led to a decline in new hires. As parents increasingly send their children to French schools, the province’s English schools face dwindling enrolment, affecting the nearly 2,000 graduates from provincial teacher education programs. However, the opposite seems to be true for the province’s Francophone school boards, which are experiencing an enrolment surplus; the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys says it cannot find enough teachers to fill the available positions in its schools. The CSMB plans to open 2 new schools in September 2015. According to the Gazette, “the bottom line is that teachers who master French are more likely to find employment and the ability to instruct in both languages opens more doors across the 2 sectors.” Specializing in a high demand area, such as math, science, or arts can also help new graduates in the job hunt. Montreal Gazette