Quebec offering financial incentives to get retired teachers back to work

Sep 23 2020, 6:21 am

The Quebec government is offering “major financial incentives” in an effort to get recently-retired teachers back to work throughout the province’s school systems.

The government says there’s currently a teacher shortage exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quebec’s Education Minister, Jean François Roberge, is aiming to attract at least 10% of the 8,000 teachers who had retired since July 1, 2015.

The incentives are in the form of remuneration according to their salary scale before they retired. Teachers who come out of retirement could earn up to $412 on a daily basis.

Roberge says the plan is to fast-track teachers back to their original salaries without modifying their pensions. He hopes the call to action will help fill in for teachers who are mandated to self-isolate at home.

As of September 21, 117 full-time teaching positions are vacant throughout Quebec.

The minister isn’t expecting un-retired teachers to work full-time until the summer but instead is asking for “10 or 20 days” throughout the year, vowing it could “really make a difference.”

Roberge says teachers who return to the network can work in multiple schools if they desired.

“The school network needs you. Our students need you,” says Roberge in a statement. “I invite you now to express your interest to the school service centers in your region. I guarantee you will be welcomed with open arms, both by the staff and by the students. ”

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