School psychologist shortage persists in N.B.

A shortage of psychologists continues to plague New Brunswick's education system.

The situation appears to be somewhat under control in the Francophone system with only five vacancies, four of which are temporarily being filled by social workers.

In the English system, the Acadie-Nouvelle reports just nine of 27 positions are filled by psychologists.

Education minister Dominic Cardy says the shortage is being aggravated entrance requirements which were increased by New Brunswick College of Psychologists.

But the college says psychologists in New Brunswick don't want to work for the province due to working conditions and smaller pay than in the private sector.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)