Ontario limits education admissions to the University of French Ontario

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Ontario restricts admissions to education at the University of Ontario French

Despite the shortage of teachers, only 40 students per year can be admitted to this program until 2029.

Only 40 future teachers will be able to register each year at the University of French Ontario.

While there is currently a shortage of more than a thousand French-speaking teachers in Ontario schools, only 40 students per year will be able to be admitted to the new Bachelor of Education at the Université de l'Ontario français, until in 2029, learned Radio-Canada.

The decision, which ultimately falls to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, is detailed in a letter sent to rector Pierre Ouellette last May .

The launch of the program, eagerly awaited in the education sector and initially planned for the summer of 2022, is also delayed because the establishment is still awaiting the green light from the College of Teachers, expected by mid- November.

The number of students UOF could accommodate is tied to the level of grants received, says UOF's assistant vice-rector for recruitment and communications , Carole Nkoa.

The UOF, she says, is part of the long-term solution to the shortage of the profession.

For the moment, the impact of the UOF is indeed likely to be limited: a working group estimated last yearthat at least 520 additional French-speaking teachers should be trained per year to solve the problem. problem.

The 40 places that will be added are therefore insufficient to meet the needs for qualified personnel in French-language schools, explains by email the president of the Association of teachers and Franco-Ontarian teachers, Anne Vinet-Roy.

Anne Vinet-Roy, of the AEFO, believes that the number of places is quite insufficient .

It's worrying and surprising to have a limit of students like that for a program for which there is such a strong need, adds the director general of the Regroupement étudiante franco -ontarian (REFO), François Hastir.

The Ford government has nevertheless committed to hiring 500 new French-speaking teachers a year, in particular by recruiting graduates from the UOF. Until this promise materializes, schools across the province are forced to hire large numbers of unqualified teachers.

It is very disappointing to learn that, says the director general of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards, Yves Lévesque. The province doesn't seem to grasp the urgency to act, he says, adding that if the solution isn't through the UOF for now, the province should allow fast-track programs training programs for French-speaking elementary teachers in other establishments.

The limit on the number of admissions could be another stone in the pond for the Francophone institution in Toronto, which must accommodate 1,500 full-time students by 2026 in order to meet its funding agreement with Ontario and the federal government.

The office of the Minister of Colleges and Universities, Jill Dunlop, affirms that these targets remain unchanged. Especially since the UOF, says the office, would have itself suggested the limit of 40 students.

There is an inconsistency, believes François Hastir of RÉFO. On the one hand, we set ambitious recruitment objectives, but on the other hand, we limit the program for which there would be the most demand.

Ms. Vinet-Roy believes that the structure of programs in post-secondary institutions and the number of places available must be reviewed in order to allow a greater number of students to be trained in teaching.

< p class="e-p">To achieve its goal of recruiting 1,500 students within four years, the university will obviously have to increase the number of students in its less conventional programs, such as the bachelor's degree in human plurality studies, which have been criticized by some actors in the environment.

For now, however, Franco-Ontarian students continue to shun them.

University of French Ontario in Toronto

As of June 15, 22 high school graduates have chosen university for the upcoming term, according to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre.

If the trend continues, the solution will have to go through adults and out-of-province and international applicants, of whom 649 submitted an application for September. Last year, the UOF welcomed around 150 students, the vast majority of whom came from abroad.

Questioned on this subject, Carole Nkoa writes that the modeling and the projections of registrations continue to evolve according to the conditions in which the UOF started and continues to develop.

Since 2020, the Canadian government has fully funded the UOF, which has received over $40 million so far. Starting in 2023, it will be Ontario's turn to loosen the purse strings, for a total of $63 million over four years.

The federal-provincial agreement does not penalties and does not contain guidelines on meeting admissions goals, but does state that after the year 2027, it will be up to the province to decide on university funding criteria.

In a recent interview with Radio-Canada, the former patron of the Governing Council, Dyane Adam, confided that the UOF hopes to launch other programs, particularly in mental health and law.< /p>

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