Nfld. & Labrador

Teacher training days need improvement, AG report says

Auditor General Terry Paddon says training sessions for teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador are not being organized properly.
Terry Paddon delivered his fourth report as auditor general on Thursday, outlining training days for the province's teachers may not be properly organized. (CBC)

Auditor General Terry Paddon says training sessions for teachers are not being organized properly.   

Teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador get three days of training a year to bring them up to speed on new curriculum and new ways of teaching.

However, Paddon noted in his annual report released Thursday that the sessions may not be effective, citing sometimes insufficient resources and unprepared instructors.

"The department and the district did not always evaluate professional development sessions," Paddon said.

"They didn't determine whether objectives were met. They didn't monitor attendance, and they didn't monitor expenditures appropriately."

It was also mentioned that it's not clear how topics for training days are chosen. 

Paddon said some training sessions are held at the wrong time of year, and teachers may have to present material in the classroom that they're not ready to deliver.


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