Prince George, B.C – British Columbia’s new curriculum has been creating challenges for teachers in the Prince George School District.
Richard Giroday, president of the Prince George & District Teachers’ Association expressed his concerns at tonight’s first public board meeting of the new school year.
He says one of his biggest concerns is the amount of time it’s taking teachers to make the necessary adjustments.
“Teachers need time. We know that this is not a matter of throwing on a light switch and everything is done, finished completed. Our concerns are over the amount of time it’s taking to do that,” said Giroday.
We are grateful though for the non-instructional day that the ministry has made available this Friday to bring teachers together to continue looking at that curriculum implementation.”
He said another concern is the lack of resources currently available to get the job done – including things like additional materials that need to be purchased or text books that haven’t been completed yet.
“Whether they are the resources that are necessary to be able to implement the curriculum and whether there’s going to be sufficient funding to purchase those resources” said Giroday.
“I’ve talked to a couple of Science 8 and Science 9 teachers who have already indicated that they are actually inventing the wheel right now because there are not resources that match the curriculum and that’s a real concern all the way across the province.”
In the mean time he says teachers have been “left in the lurch.”
“It’s a whole sense of we’re changing the curriculum but there’s things that are going to hold us back a little bit to make that change. It’s a very tough time for teachers right now in implementing this new curriculum.”