09/12/2012 01:28 EDT | Updated 11/12/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia education minister says hiring of anti-bullying co-ordinator delayed

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's education minister says she's disappointed that an anti-bullying co-ordinator who was expected to be in place by Sept. 1 has yet to be hired.

Ramona Jennex says she's been assured by human resources officials handling the hiring that the position will be filled by the end of the month.

The government announced in April it would appoint a co-ordinator to help combat bullying in schools, which was a key recommendation from a task force on cyberbullying earlier in the year.

Eddie Orrell, education critic for the opposition Progressive Conservatives, says the delay in hiring is unacceptable.

Jennex says she was told the process took longer than hoped because an internal job posting failed to find a suitable candidate, so the search was expanded to the general public.

She says officials have completed job interviews and are in the final stages of selecting the co-ordinator.