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Elevated enrollment in academic packages

A glimmer of hope for a school network struggling with teacher shortages: Enrollment at several universities is on the rise again, even if the increase isn’t enough to meet needs, one expert says.

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According to the numbers he got Newspaperthe number of future professors is higher this fall at the five universities that provided us with initial data for the current session.

Compared to the previous year, this increase is 7.6% at Université du Québec à Rimouski, 6% at Université Laval and 4% at Université de Sherbrooke. This is a trend that started a few years ago, after a long period of more recession.

Growth is above all in pre-school and primary education programs, and more modest in secondary education.

However, some programs are struggling to attract students, such as those teaching English as a second language or special education, and enrollment at some universities is declining.

$20,000 to become a teacher

However, as of this fall, full-time students in education are eligible for Perspective Québec scholarships, which aim to increase enrollment in programs where staffing shortages are particularly felt.

These students can receive $2,500 after each successful session, and a total of $20,000 at the end of their four-year bachelor’s degree.

Geneviève Sirois, professor at TÉLUQ University, confirms that in this context, the number of people enrolled in studies could be expected to increase even more. “I would expect better than that,” he says.

He adds that the overall growth observed in this decline remains “positive” but not marked enough to correct the situation.

“Will this be enough to give us the boost we need?” Obviously not,” he says.

MI Graduation rates for future teachers are very low in some programs, even as low as 60% in some institutions, Sirois points out.

Many retirees by 2030

In the next few years, the increase in the number of students will be felt above all in secondary schools, and more than 40% of permanent teachers may retire by 2030. Newspaper The beginning of the week.

Annabelle Viau-Guay, dean of the Faculty of Education at Université Laval, where the number of students teaching has increased by 34% in the past five years, points out that “the course offer is adapting to the labor market”. on-the-job training and recruitment campaigns on social media may partly explain this renewed interest.

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