FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced today that anglophone school districts have 97 per cent of Grade 2 French immersion teachers in place for this September.

“Your government has worked hard to assist the school districts to ensure the proper resources are in place for the upcoming school year,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “We understand that, as a bilingual province, we must offer strong French second-language learning opportunities.”

The province’s four anglophone school districts have 68 schools that offer early immersion. There are 119 Grade 2 French immersion classes, and 116 teachers are in place. The remaining positions are expected to be filled shortly.

A recruitment strategy is in place and includes attending job fairs at the provincial, national and international levels, as well as maintaining a presence on social media, in university alumni magazines and at military family resource centres. Continued collaboration with education faculties around the province is also part of the recruitment strategy.

As well, teachers within the school system who have the capacity to teach French but may be teaching in other areas have been given the opportunity to transition to a French second-language or French immersion teaching position.

One objective of the 10-year education plan for the anglophone sector, Everyone at their best, aims to improve levels of French language literacy to help all learners access a variety of bilingual opportunities and life experiences.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.