Alberta jobs hard to come by for new teachers
New teachers set to graduate this spring are facing an uncertain future as Edmonton school boards prepare to cut costs.
Edmonton Public Schools is short $14 million in this year's budget while the shortfall for the separate school board is $9.5 million.
"I'm also looking at going abroad and probably getting my masters, just to get more job opportunities through that," said U of A student Liz Dindo, who graduates next year.
The province bumped education funding by 4.5 per cent in this year's provincial budget but most of the money is going towards a previously-negotiated 4.54 per cent increase to teachers' salaries that takes effect Sept. 1.
The Alberta Teachers Association is predicting 1,000 fewer teaching positions in Alberta next year as boards across the province struggle with cash-strapped budgets. But the ATA is asking students to be patient.
"I don't want them to leave the province," said ATA president Carol Henderson.
"We will need those teachers and, if it's not this year — and that's not very much comfort for them, I totally understand that — but we will need them."