An advertising campaign that doesn’t go through

Quebec’s recruitment has shocked resigned teachers … who will reach “unseen” numbers

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Marie-Eve Morasse

Marie-Eve Morasse
The Press

The advertising campaign aimed at recruiting teachers for the next school year was considered an “insult” by some of them. “Answer now! in the world of education, says Quebec. “My answer is absent”, replied the teachers who submitted their resignation.

When Alexandre Mercier announced at the end of May that he would be leaving teaching, glowing comments rained down on his Facebook page. “Students have lost something precious,” commented a friend. “The school world has lost a very good teacher,” added another.

At 30, the teacher realized the profession didn’t offer her the work-family balance she desired. Because he was a foster family for three children, Alexandre Mercier expressed a desire to work three days a week only, but he was turned down.


Alexandre Mercier left teaching to take a job that gave him greater flexibility.

In late May, Quebec launched an advertising campaign that was broadcast on radio, newspapers and on social networks. It encourages holders of a baccalaureate “in a discipline taught in preschool, primary, secondary. […] to consider a career in education when the next school year begins.

The message raised an eyebrow at Alexandre Mercier. “They said there was a shortage, we had to invest in young people, but when we got to the floor, there was a shortage of resources, we were told not to for projects, because [aménager] the schedule ”, Mr. Mercier listed.

He said he felt like a “stopgap” when he saw this ad. “I have a bachelor’s degree in education, so I’m in my place, but we shouldn’t deviate too much from the framework”, said the teacher, who has already found work in another field. He has been in schools for seven years.

Departures “as before”

After 18 years in schools, Hélène Legault is now in her last days with elementary students. Such publicity, “is to reduce what it is, to teach”, the teacher believes.

It looks like a baccalaureate will enter a class and work. [Les enseignants non qualifiés]they are companions who cry at the end of the day.

Helene Legault

When they are offered mentorship, it is usually from colleagues … overwhelmed by themselves, as Ms.ME Legault.

The president of the Federation of Education Unions agreed. “It is not enough to say: you have a baccalaureate, come and help us. We’ve all seen that, people who come, with no pedagogy training and who after a few weeks will say: “I can’t take it anymore, I’m leaving,” says Josée Scalabrini.

The departures of the teachers, there are “as we have never seen”. “Can we keep those already in the system? M. asked.ME Scalabrini.

It is difficult to count the exact number of teachers who leave the profession each year. School service centers know how many teachers will leave, but can’t say if they just changed the school territory or if they moved to the private network.

Would an ad aired in the last month of the school year be useful for the next year in recruiting new candidates? “I can doubt it,” said Josée Scalabrini, who nonetheless emphasizes that people should “come and help” teachers who are struggling with a lack of their ranks.

“I’m sad”

On sick leave due to burnout, remedial teacher Mélissa Mundo will also not be next school year. He said he sees student services decline each year, with many teachers retiring early.

“In 2008, I saw one or two remedial education students per class; now third in class, he said. Everyone pays for the class. »


“I love this job,” said remedial teacher Mélissa Mundo. He observed that many teachers left “heartbroken”.

Hélène Legault also lamented the lack of support in schools: overcrowded special education technicians (“three or four for 700 students”), intervention plans on the rise.

His decision to leave teaching was carefully considered. “I am grieving. I was relieved that I had decided, having told my boss, ”he said.

Alexandre Mercier also quit teaching with “little weight on his shoulders”, but nonetheless revived the four years spent on university banks.

“That’s my biggest regret: my diploma is on the wall, then released, even if I invest time in it,” he said.

Two new master’s degrees to become a teacher

Holders of a bachelor’s degree will have access next fall to two new master’s degrees that allow access to teaching certificates, training courses for people already hired by schools due to shortages. . TÉLUQ University and the University of Quebec at Abitibi-Témiscamingue announced Friday that they will allow distance learning starting next fall to earn a master’s degree in preschool education and primary education, or a master’s degree in secondary teaching.

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  • 3757
    Number of illegally qualified teachers in 2020-2021

    Source: Ministry of Education

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