Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

May 06, 2005 14:02 ET

Teachers work long hours to support students

Many hours outside of classroom Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 6, 2005) - Full-time public elementary teachers work long hours - much of it invisible to the public - research commissioned by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) shows.

"Some people think that teachers only work when they are in the classroom," said ETFO President Emily Noble. "But, they put in even more hours outside of the classroom making sure they can meet the needs of their students."

The research was presented as part of an update on bargaining when local presidents and chief negotiators met for ETFO's Representative Council today.

"The research provides hard data to support what every teacher already knows and experiences," Noble said. "We are looking to the accord we recently reached with the provincial government to be a foundation for improving student learning."

Researchers found that full-time public elementary teachers work an average of 53 hours per week. This includes 27.4 hours spent on non-classroom duties such as preparing for classes, marking assignments, working with individual students, supervising students, attending staff meetings, and contacting parents.

The executive summaries are posted on the ETFO website: www.etfo.ca>campaign200

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 65,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside of Quebec.
/For further information: Johanna Brand: 416-962-3836; 416-948-2554(cell); jbrand@etfo.org / IN: EDUCATION

Contact Information

  • Emily Noble, President, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2349
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-1480
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836