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  • tom
    January 27, 2011 - 17:37

    As a teacher I know of cases where retired 'specialist' teachers were hired because the position couldn't be filled. In some cases they were asked numerous times and finally gave in. Maybe the breaking point was the ability to maintain their pension. If there are cases where retired teachers were used when suitable candidates were then they should be investigated and grievences filed by NLTA against the employer. The issue of hiring practices should be looked at, there are many cases where friends of friends, relatives, etc get jobs. Is it not the same in other industries? There are many retired trades people getting gov't pensions and a full cheque in places such as long hr, alberta, you name it.

  • Barbara Colbourne
    January 27, 2011 - 16:38

    I spent eight years of my thirty in teaching as vice-principal. One of my duties was to call in substitute teachers when needed. It was made very clear to me that it was Government and board policy to call in younger teachers who were actively looking for work first and if no one was available then I could call in a retired teacher for the day. We always followed policy at my school. If this was not done in all situations then the fault lays directly at the feet of the school boards for not enforcing the policy. As for young teachers who insist in staying on the Northeast Avalon suck it up and move to where the work is, just as I had to do all those many years ago.

  • Jacob
    January 27, 2011 - 13:11

    Retired teachers are not to blame for their employment after retirement although you can bet your sweet bippy every one rehired knew he or she would be back on the job. The culprits are the school board administrators who have demonstrated they're not qualified to do the job. Every one involved should be canned!