HALIFAX, April 20 /CNW/ - NSTU president Alexis Allen says students will
be the ones most affected with the cut of 63.2 full-time teaching
positions within the Cape Breton-Victoria School Board. This will
directly result in 14 permanent teachers being laid off.
"Of course this will affect the quality of education," says Allen. "Nova
Scotia is already at the low end of per pupil spending compared to
other provinces. Now that the numbers are crunched and we are losing
teachers, students are the real losers here."
The NSTU had hoped Education Minister Ramona Jennex would make good on
her promise earlier this year to "put children and learning first" when
asking boards to cut funding for the next school year. The minister has
said that the budget cuts were to have "minimal impact."
"A loss of 63 positions is not minimal," says Allen. "We're talking
about larger class sizes, more combined classrooms, and fewer supports
for students. This puts more pressure on a system already overtaxed in
meeting the diverse needs of all students. These are not minimal
The cuts to this year's education budget total more than $35 million.
"The "back to balance" strategy the government asked of school boards is
decimating the system and the future of our students is severely
jeopardized," Allen says. "Why not use some of the province's
$400-million surplus to maintain excellence in the classroom?"
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents 10,900 public school teachers
in Nova Scotia and Community College faculty and professional support
staff. Organized in 1895, its programs are directed towards improving
the quality of public education in Nova Scotia.
SOURCE NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
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