Province says teacher hiring will be based on merit not seniority

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A controversial hiring rule that favours supply teachers with the most seniority is being tossed out by the provincial government.

Education Minister Steven Lecce says moving forward merit will lead hiring in our schools.

The move scraps Regulation 274 which gave preference when hiring for permanent and long term positions to qualified teachers who have been on the supply teaching list the longest.

Niagara West MPP and parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Education, Sam Oosterhoff says the move will allow principals to hire the best teachers across the province.

He says they will also be able to hire teachers as diverse as the students they teach.

It is hoped the move will cut red tape and allow school boards to quickly hire teachers when necessary.

Earlier this week, the Toronto District School Board was forced to delay the deadline for secondary students to switch between in-class and online learning because of a shortage of teachers.