Public Education ‘Needs a Champion’
Prince George, B.C. – With a provincial election, a little over three months away, the Prince George and District Teachers’ Association is looking for a candidate who will ‘champion’ public education.
Teacher and PGDTA secretary Tina Cousins made the impassioned plea at this weeks’ Prince George School Board meeting.
“In the past, our Liberal government has let us down. We’ve been met by silence. There were times they wouldn’t even meet with teachers,” she said. “It doesn’t matter which party the candidate runs for – NDP, Liberal, Green. We need somebody who is going to make sure that it’s a priority. Whoever comes into that role needs to work with teachers because it hasn’t happened.”
And even though the BCTF’s finally secured a Supreme Court of Canada victory over the Province regarding class size and composition in November, she said she’s only “cautiously triumphant.”
“Because we’ve often though that we were going to get something and then in the long run the carpet gets pulled from under you,” said Cousins. “So, cautiously triumphant in the fact it was awesome to win the court ruling. But we don’t trust our government. By their own admission $300 million is the price tag and we’ve only gotten $50 million. It’s a drop in the bucket.”
Voters head to the polls May 9.