The decision, which is ultimately with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, is detailed in a letter (New window) sent to Rector Pierre Ouellette in May.
The launch of the program, which is eagerly awaited by the education sector and initially planned for the summer of 2022, has also been delayed as the establishment is still waiting for the green light from the Teachers College, expected in mid-November.
The number of students to be accommodated at UOF is related to the level of subsidies received.definition of Assistant Vice-Rector for Recruitment and Communications ofUOF Carol Nkoa.
part of the long -term solution to professional scarcity.
Currently, the effect ofUOF (New window) that at least 520 more French -speaking teachers need to be trained each year to solve the problem.in fact likely limited: a working group estimated last year
places qui seront ajoutées sont donc insuffisantes pour répondre aux besoins de personnel qualifié dans les écoles de langue française”,”text”:”Les 40places qui seront ajoutées sont donc insuffisantes pour répondre aux besoins de personnel qualifié dans les écoles de langue française”}}”>So the 40 places to be added are not enough to meet the needs for qualified staff in French language schools.explained by email the president of the Association of Franco-Ontarian Teachers, Anne Vinet-Roy.
It is worrying and shocking that there is a limit to students like that for a program where there is a strong demand.added the director general of the Franco-Ontarian Student Association (REFO), François Hastir.
However, the Ford government has promised to hire 500 new French-speaking teachers each year, primarily by recruiting graduates fromUOF. Until that promise is not fulfilled, schools across the province are forced to hire many unqualified teachers.
Very frustrating to listen to.says Director General of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards, Yves Lévesque.
The province does not seem to understand the urgency of the actionhe said, adding that if the solution does not pass the UOF for now, the province must allow expedited French-language elementary teacher training programs at other institutions.
An additional trap
The limit on the number of admissions could be another stone in the pond for the Francophone establishment in Toronto, which must welcome 1,500 full-time students by 2026 to honor its funding agreement with Ontario and the federal government. . .
The office of the Minister of Colleges and Universities, Jill Dunlop, stated that
these targets remain unchanged. Especially sinceUOF the office says, reportedly proposing the 40-student limit itself.
There is an inconsistencyFrançois Hastir believes in REFO .
On the one hand, we set ambitious recruitment goals, but on the other hand, we limit the program where there is the greatest need.
Ms Vinet-Roy, for her part, thought that
the structure of programs in post-secondary institutions and the number of places available need to be examined to allow more students to practice teaching.
To achieve its goal of recruiting 1,500 students over four years, the university will apparently increase the number of students in its less traditional programs, such as the bachelor’s degree in human plurality studies, criticized by some actors around.
For now, however, Franco-Ontarian students continue to reject them.
As of June 15, 22 high school graduates have chosen the university for the upcoming term, according to the Ontario Universities ’Application Center.
If the trend continues, the solution will have to go through adult and non -provincial and international applicants, of which 649 have submitted an application for September. Last year theUOFwelcomes about 150 students, most of them from abroad.
Asked about it, Carole Nkoa wrote that
UOF a démarré et continue de se développer”,”text”:”la modélisation et les projections d’inscriptions continuent d’évoluer en fonction des conditions dans lesquelles l’UOF a démarré et continue de se développer”}}”>enrollment modeling and projection continue to evolve based on the conditions under whichUOF started and continues to grow.
Until 2020, the Canadian government will fully fundUOF, which has received more than $ 40 million to date. Starting in 2023, it’s Ontario’s turn to remove purse strings, totaling $ 63 million over four years.
The federal-provincial agreement does not provide for penalties and has no directives on achieving admission objectives, but stipulates that after 2027, it is up to the province to decide on funding ethics for the ‘university.
In a recent interview with Radio-Canada, the former head of the Governing Council, Dyane Adam, believed thatUOFhopes to launch other programs, including mental health and law.