Students Applaud Ontario Budget

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The Ontario Student Trustees' Association
applauds the Ontario government for a progressive focus on education in this
year's budget.
    "This budget is a victory for the students of Ontario. The government has
affirmed its commitment to an equitable, engaging and eco-friendly education.
Raising student achievement remains at the core of funding announcements and
we can be excited about the future of education in this province. New funding
will serve to ensure schools provide safe and supportive communities of
learning. Now the focus must be ensuring that funding allocations are
maximised," said association president Andrew Pawluch.
    The association is pleased to see new money for nutritional programmes,
and artistic and athletic education. The innovative "Skills to Jobs" action
plan will make a direct difference in the Ontario economy by fuelling
successful training of the skilled trades.
    And, notes Pawluch, "by including investments in both arts and skilled
trades, the government ensures students receive a well-rounded education".
    Student trustees are also very happy to learn that the new and necessary
money for school repairs comes with criterion to create green schools. "Our
schools taking efforts to combat the menace of climate change today is a way
to frame our futures in a positive way: we need the centres of our education
to support students' futures both through learning itself and through
responsible stewardship of the planet," says OSTA communications director
Jonathan Scott.
    "While we are overall very pleased with the direction and contents of
this intelligent budget, if Canada wants to experience greater economic growth
we must train people capable of operating at an international level: education
in another language is crucial to creating relations with other countries.
Canada's must be a part of the global village, and it's hard to do so
affectively if the majority of Ontarians only know one language," said
    Pointing out the new money for French instruction and for
English-as-a-Second-Language programmes, the association suggests that
international language courses should also be expanded to allow Ontario to
compete at an international level; language is a key part of the world economy
and Ontario is uniquely placed to harness its multicultural demographics
through linguistic instruction.
    Pawluch summarised the association's position by saying, "The results
seen for student success over the few years are real and this budget will only
continue the positive trend. The focus on education as a vehicle for our
province's future is the best way to create a prosperous economy".
    As the largest student stakeholder in Ontario's education system,
OSTA-AECO represents the 1.9 million students in the four publicly funded
school sectors. The association promotes the unity without conformity of all
affiliated student trustees in order to advance the student vision. Student
trustees are youth representatives elected by their peers to bring the student
voice to school board tables, improving the quality of education in schools
across the province.

    Disponible en francais.

For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Scott at or (705) 795-0548.

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