TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Any recommendation by the Drummond
Commission to cut full-day Kindergarten in Ontario would be
short-sighted and counterproductive, according to the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
"Full-day kindergarten is an important investment that's helping make
Ontario's education system one of the best in the world," said ETFO
President Sam Hammond in the wake of rumours that Drummond will
recommend the program be cut. "Full-day kindergarten, along with other
government initiatives like reducing primary size classes, is providing
children with a definite advantage and head-start when it comes to
developing literacy, numeracy and social skills."
"We've indicated to the government that there are other savings that
would actually contribute to more productive and engaging classrooms,"
said Hammond. "For example, EQAO testing could be eliminated, changed
or moved to random sample testing."
"Along with educators, many economists will tell you that investment in
education is central to long-term economic development of the
province," added Hammond. "Skilled, well-educated people are critical
for Ontario's future prosperity."
ETFO is concerned that the Drummond Commission will single out public
sector services to reduce the provincial deficit, which would have a
devastating effect on children and some of the province's most
"The Drummond commission needs to review the continuing corporate tax
cuts that this year will cost the government $2.6 billion in revenues,"
said Hammond. "Regaining that revenue, along with economic investment
in public infrastructure, are better alternatives to reduce the deficit
than weakening our education system and jeopardizing student success."
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331 (office), (416) 948-0195 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org