Ontario Liberals to cut spaces at teachers’ college in half to curb flow of jobless graduates

National Post | News

TORONTO — Ontario’s governing Liberals plan to slash the number of spaces at teachers’ colleges in half to curb the oversupply of new instructors.

They’re also planning to double the length of time it takes teachers to get a degree from one year to two years starting in 2015.

It was a re-election promise former premier Dalton McGuinty made just before the 2011 campaign.

He pledged to extend teachers’ college from one year to two years and cut back on the number of spaces.

He also promised there would be no new spaces in teacher education programs.

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But his successor Kathleen Wynne is taking it a step further by actually cutting spaces at teachers’ college.

The Wynne government says it will also increase the minimum time for classroom placements to 80 days from 40 days.

Roughly 9,000 teachers graduate every year in Ontario, but only 6,000 are needed…

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