Teachers trying to stay positive

Editor:

Why is the B.C. government picking on teachers?

Editor:

Why is the B.C. government picking on teachers?

The education minister threatened to legislate teachers “back to work” while we are working. Then he replaced the BC College of Teachers, accusing the BCTF of wrong doing.

Now he’s unveiled a new education plan aimed at “fixing” teachers.

The minister announced we were “good” but not “great,” even though we have the best-trained teachers and provide some of the best education in the world. Instead of fully funding education and hiring more teachers, he suggests iPads will do the teaching.

Meanwhile, BC Public School Employers’ Association’s position is not to bargain.

After meeting 47 times, we’re offered zip, zero and nada.

BCPSEA is also making threats, to cut our salary and to order us to write report cards despite a Labour Relations Board approved job action.

All this, in what, 10 days? How much more divisive can things get?

Teachers, more than anyone, want a settlement. We want government to respect us. We want a fair agreement and we want the learning conditions in classrooms that students deserve.

Finally, we want to reassure parents that teachers are trying hard to stay positive, despite this chilly climate. We are focusing on our students because our heart is in it and we care about children.

N. Patsicakis, G. McIntosh, K. Kilbride, B. Mandin, M. Christie, R. Taank, C. Smith, K. Padam, S. Lalli, D. Ellison, J. Uppal, D. Kaila, G. Sidhu, R. Rovtar, M.Warren, H. Kelsey, K. Olsen, L. Slutsher, C. James, P. Avisi, P. Minsky, C. Gosse, R. Shaw, L. Beder, J. Macrae, L. Barker, R. Dhaliwal & D. Lourenco,

Surrey teachers

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wally Oppal says policing ‘too important’ to be left to the police

Oppal was keynote speaker at a Surrey Board of Trade “Hot Topic Dialogue” breakfast event Wednesday

Surrey skater speeds his way to four golds, a silver at BC Winter Games

‘I just really enjoy going fast on the ice,’ says Barnett Liu, 14

‘Urgent’ need for Metro Vancouver homeless count volunteers

Organizers say another 100 people are sought to help in Surrey and Burnaby

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP say missing 14-year-old has been found and is safe

Brayden Ritchat, 14, had been last seen in the 10800-block of 141st Street in Whalley on Feb. 21

VIDEO: Minister says consider coronavirus outbreak when planning for spring break

Foreign Affairs minister points to rash of new cases appearing in places like Italy and Iran

Alberta tourist dies after plunge from 70-metre cliff in Stanley Park

The 26-year-old hopped a fence at Prospect Point on fell to a walkway below, police said

B.C. man who pulled a gun on off-duty cop gets two years in prison

Encounter also led police to a home where 100 guns and explosives were found

New Westminster woman’s ‘out of character’ disappearance probed by police

She left without telling anyone, prompting investigation by Major Crimes Unit, police say

EDITORIAL: Fraser Health needs to be transparent to fight coronavirus panic

Fraser Health and other authorities are not helping by being vague in recent communications

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart rescues puppy from Langley shelter

American actress named her adopted pup Milo

How clean is your favourite local restaurant or café?

Online inspection reports allow consumers to find health hazard of all food facilities in region

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Most Read

l -->