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Increasing participation in educational programs

A faint glimmer of hope for a network of schools grappling with teacher shortages: enrollments in teaching programs are rising again at several universities, although the increase is far from enough to meet needs, according to an expert.

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According to data obtained from Newspaperthere are more future professors this fall at the five universities that provided us with preliminary data for the current session.

The increase is mainly 7.6% at Université du Québec à Rimouski, 6% at Université Laval and 4% at Université de Sherbrooke compared to the previous year. This is a trend that started a few years ago, after a long period of decline.

We feel the increase primarily in preschool and elementary education, in secondary education it is much more modest.

However, some programs struggle to attract students, such as English as a Second Language or special education programs, where enrollment at some universities is lower.

$20,000 to become a teacher

However, starting in the fall, full-time education students are eligible for Perspective Québec scholarships, which aim to increase enrollment in programs where labor shortages are particularly felt.

These students can earn $2,500 after each successful session, for a total of $20,000 at the end of their four-year bachelor’s degree.

In this context, it could be expected that the number of enrollments will increase even more, says Geneviève Sirois, professor at TÉLUQ University. “I would have expected better,” she says.

The overall increase recorded this fall remains “positive” but not significant enough to remedy the situation, he adds.

“Will it be enough to provide the necessary support? Clearly not,” he says.

Mme Sirois points out that the graduation rate for future teachers is very low in some programs, even falling below 60% in some institutions.

Many retirees by 2030

In the coming years, the increase in the number of pupils will be felt primarily in secondary schools, while by 2030 more than 40% of permanent teachers could retire. Newspaper Beginning of the week.

At Université Laval, where the number of student teachers has increased by 34% over the past five years, Dean of the Faculty of Education Annabelle Viau-Guay suggests that “course offerings adapted to the labor market”, the possibility of on-the-job training and a recruitment campaign on social media may partly explain this renewed interest.

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