Sympathy for teachers’ plight
A very sincere sounding teacher is running 22 marathons in 22 days, from Cranbrook to Vancouver (see story page A9). Twenty-two to remind us Bill 22 destroyed his ability to provide his students with adequate attention and service.
There no longer is a restriction on the number of special needs students per class. Library hours are restricted. Teacher assistants are practically a thing of the past. The number of students per class is no longer limited past the Grade 4 level, etc., etc.
I have not always been sympathetic to the hardships expressed by teachers.
I was also under the impression some of the items mentioned had been said prior to Bill 22. However, I did listen to the gentleman and hope he will return the favour.
The provincial government has consistently informed us it has upped the amount of money made available to the education budget and every year the number of newly enlisted students has dropped. Inflation has been nowhere near to be of consequence.
Does he then agree with me his plight is a result of mismanagement? Both the Liberals and the NDP have proven in the past they are unwilling (incapable?) to address any root causes, both in our school system and other portfolios. Is it not time for a fresh approach?
The BC Conservative Party is now offering that choice!