All new teachers in Ontario will soon be required to pass a math proficiency test before receiving their licence to teach, according to the provincial government.
The bill is called the Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, and Premier Doug Ford’s government said if passed, it would help keep our children and students safer and ensure that they are better supported in their learning.
“These changes will provide assurance to parents that the government is committed to ensuring Ontario continues to have one of the best education systems in the world,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education.
“This legislation will help to make sure students are prepared for the realities of tomorrow and the changing global economy.”
The Ontario College of Teachers says it welcomes the legislative change, and that it looks forward to working with the government to establish mechanisms to further enhance teacher competency in mathematics.
“Our accreditation of teacher education programs ensures that new teachers are enabled to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills of the Ontario curriculum, including math,” reads a statement from Ontario College of Teachers.
“Multiple math additional qualifications have also been developed and accredited with an aim to enable teachers to enhance and deepen their knowledge and skills in teaching math to students at a variety of levels.”
The new legislation also strengthens legal options against educators accused of sexually abusing students.