OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, to the delight of hundreds of
thousands of Ontario secondary students, the Ontario Secondary Schools'
Teachers' Federation voted in favour of ending the six month withdrawal
of extra-curricular activities.
The Ontario Student Trustees' Association (OSTA-AECO), the group of
elected representatives of both Catholic and Public Ontario students,
gathered in Ottawa on the weekend of the 21st of February to discuss this matter along with many other issues in
"We commend the students of Ontario for vocalizing the importance of
extra-curricular activities, and for advocating for the return of the
holistic classroom experience," said Hirad Zafari, OSTA-AECO President,
"With the release of the results of the 2012 Ontario Student, Parent
and Educator Survey (OSPES), the launch of the OSTA-AECO Partnership
Program, and now the reinstatement of extra-curricular activities, we,
as students, are ecstatic."
OSTA-AECO has been diligent in speaking about this matter as a priority
since its introduction.
"Our presentation at Queen's Park in August of 2012, followed by our
persistent activism and our student petition to return voluntary
activities, which received over 10,000 student signatures, showed that
students cared. Today, the provincial leaders showed that they
listened," said Noah Parker, Communications Officer of the provincial
organization. "Even as a Catholic board student, I'm glad my friends
and fellow students can join us in these enriching activities outside
Our secondary schools are returning to normal. Let us hope that the
elementary schools follow suit.
SOURCE: Ontario Student Trustees' Association
For further information:
Any further questions can be directed to Noah Parker, Communications Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 289 230 6624