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FTE educators decreased by 3.7% in BC 

You’ll often hear the premier or the education minister use  declining enrolment to try to justify school closures or other education cuts. Yes, enrolment has  declined in BC, as it has  in all other provinces except Alberta and Saskatchewan. But the difference is that most other provinces hired more educators during a period of declining enrolment.

Between 2006–07 and 2010–11: 

  • FTE educators increased in all provinces except BC
  • FTE educators increased by an  average of 3.2% across  Canada
  • FTE educators decreased by 3.7% in BC
  • The percentage decrease in FTE enrolment in BC (–2.4%) is below the national average (–2.6%)

BCTF calculations with data from Statistics Canada (2013).  Summary Elementary and Secondary School  Indicators for  Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011, Table  2.1, p.13.

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No. 4 – January 2013

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