Public Interest Committee
Public Interest Committee (PIC) members advise Council regarding its duty to serve and protect the public interest in carrying out the College’s objects, or purposes. PIC members – who are appointed by the Ministry of Education – are representatives of the public and are not members of the College Council.
The committee meets at least four times a year, and as requested by the Chair, Council or the Executive Committee. The committee is also expected to report annually to Council prior to the College’s annual meeting of members.
Under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, the committee is required to develop a work plan identifying its priorities, proposed projects and activities through the term of Council. The committee may request information from Council to develop, modify or implement its work plan or to provide advice to Council.
The committee’s work during 2013 focused on the three priorities of its work plan:
- reviewing the practice of assigning teachers to positions that do not match their qualifications
- identifying key performance indicators to ensure that the College is meeting its mandate as a regulator of the teaching profession in Ontario in the public interest
- reviewing membership requirements for publicly appointed Council members.
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