The Government of Saskatchewan, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) and other education stakeholder groups, has appointed an eight person transition committee to develop a new regulatory body to handle teacher certification and discipline in Saskatchewan.
Government initiated the change to provide Saskatchewan teachers with the same authority and responsibility as other self regulated professions in the province. The body will regulate who is a member of the profession and will oversee disciplinary functions for misconduct or incompetence. A memorandum of agreement between the Government of Saskatchewan and STF has been signed in support of transitioning to this new regulatory model.
“The current process for regulating teachers in Saskatchewan is particularly complex, and work needs to be done to increase transparency of the process,” Minister of Education Don Morgan said. “This new regulatory body will enhance the integrity of the teaching profession in our province, and it puts students’ safety at the forefront.”
The new regulatory body is expected to be in operation by fall 2015.