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Shortages of Teachers is Giving School Divisions Very Little Options

Manitoba is struggling with many staff shortages in many different trades and essential tertiary jobs. Manitoba has been working towards finding more medical staff because of the extreme health care providers’ low numbers. Since the beginning of this school year, there has been a very low number of substitute teachers, and the school divisions have been facing quite a lot of worries and problems.

Many school divisions in Manitoba, including Western, Brandon, and Sunrise, have been battling staff shortages, especially substitute teachers. The divisions have started hiring uncertified people because the shortage is causing tremendous stress.

The hiring of non-certified staff is common in the rural areas of Manitoba due to the many years of staff shortages. “Quite frankly, there’s been a shortage of certified substitutes in the rural area for a number of years,” mentioned Society president James Bedford. People are hired as long as they have their Child Abuse Registry Check and Criminal Record. The divisions focus on people with a variety of experiences with children and a passion for working with youth.

“There are multiple times when there are not enough substitute teachers available to cover all of our classroom positions, and we were concerned with the impact on preparation time for our teachers. We do try to build to their strengths. And so they may have areas where they prefer to fill in. [It’s] to make sure that they’re successful because ultimately we want them to be as successful as they can and for it to be a good experience for them and the students,” said Superintendent of Brandon School Division, Mathew Gustafson.

Hopefully, this shortage will be solved by the end of this school year. This is a great chance for many people to experience working in a school environment and develop skills needed in the sector.


– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural

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