Teachers in B.C. upset by decision to abolish college

Structure of new regulatory agency limits role of teachers on disciplinary panels
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/30/2012

Tension between the union representing teachers in British Columbia and the provincial government intensified in January with the implementation of a new agency responsible for investigating complaints and meting out discipline.

The Teacher Regulation Branch replaces the former B.C. College of Teachers, which had been accused of being too cozy with the B.C. Teacher’s Federation (BCTF).

A report commissioned by the provincial government in 2010 raised concerns about the college’s credibility and independence, and recommended the creation of a new branch of the education ministry.