April 12, 2021 – CBC PEI: Prince Edward Island’s Public Schools Branch says it is having difficulty finding eligible candidates to hire as school guidance counsellors — but one of its solutions may further complicate issues elsewhere in the province’s social support network.
Only 40 of PEI’s 62 schools have a full-time guidance counsellor at the moment, and 13 of those positions were new this year.
Terri MacAdam, director of student services with the Public Schools Branch (PSB), said situating a full-time guidance counsellor in every school is a priority, but finding enough eligible candidates has been a struggle.
She said there is a shortage of school counsellors nationally, not just in Prince Edward Island, “so we did find this year we were having difficulty filling positions and some positions did remain vacant for a long period of time.”
Read the full CBC PEI story by Nicola MacLeod here