TRURO - Further study into the number of male teachers could result in a
specific strategy to increase the number of men educators locally.
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board officials are gathering data to
compare the number of male to female teachers within CCRSB. Director of
human resources services Allison McGrath said the reason is to see if
long-term planning needs to be implemented to increase the number of male
"There's a sense that younger boys are not as engaged in school and maybe
they need more male mentors. There seems to be a stigma about men going into
elementary teaching," said McGrath. "It used to be that boys were really
exceeding (compared to girls) but now it seems that's switched."
McGrath said recent data indicates
90 per cent of instructors at the elementary level within CCRSB are female.
That figure is 70 per cent at middle schools and 65 per cent high
in high schools.
Due to these findings, the school is looking at options to potentially
devise a strategy to promote male teachers.
"It's a long-term issue and if the data shows we need to take affirmative
action, we'll have to see what that would be," said McGrath.