It has been more than two years since the B.C. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the B.C. government’s shredding of teacher working and student learning conditions.
In the next month, representatives for teachers will be back in court seeking remedy for this breach of rights while at the same time, students will be entering schools with fewer resources and less support than ever before.
Sadly, this has been a decade-long trend as B.C.’s ratio of students per educator has climbed to one of the highest in the country. Justice continues to be denied for teachers and students seeking better learning conditions and support services that were once guaranteed in teacher contracts.
The B.C. Liberals have been given a mandate, but a mandate to build this province that starts with the education of our children.
The plan to create jobs starts with the education of the next generation and the conditions in which our children learn are vital to their learning experience.
Restoring the level of student support that had been removed from teachers’ collective agreements is a start.
While teachers continue to maintain the quality of the public education system
despite the erosion of classroom conditions, these efforts will be in vain if the erosion continues.
The B.C. Supreme Court will hear the evidence and make another ruling, but public pressure may be far more effective in ensuring that the B.C. government
invests in the education our children.