Auditor General John Noseworthy just-released report has revealed more than 400 teachers receiving pension benefits while also being rehired and earning a salary.
Noseworthy’s report says 443 teachers earned $5.2 million in salary in 2009 while receiving pension benefits of $15.6 million.
“We examined a sample of 138 and found that, contrary to the Teachers’ Pension Act and/or Government policy, none had the required approval from the Minister of Finance, 60 were rehired for in excess of 65 days without having their pension benefits suspended, six were employed for three years through the use of multiple applications to the Minister of Education, and there were four instances where retired teachers were hired even though numerous non-retired teachers had applied,” wrote Noseworthy in the report.
In its response, the government’s Executive Council notes the government decided to eliminate mandatory retirement in 2007, allowing for the rehiring of pensioners, but acknowledged the need to better monitor compliance with the policy.
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In a review of 138 instances of school districts applying to the education minister to rehire pensioners for full-time teaching positions, the auditor general also found:
• None of the 138 applications were approved by the finance minister, contrary to the Teachers’ Pension Act. The applications were instead approved by the education minister;
• Sixty teachers were rehired for more than 65 days, without having their pension benefits suspended, as required by the Teachers’ Pension Act;
• Retired teachers were hired for four positions, even though there at least 73 applications from non-retired teachers, in contravention of department policy.