Opinion

Editorial — Teacher talks a hopeful sign

It’s good that the provincial government and B.C. Teachers Federation are preparing to sit down and talk about the teachers’ contract once again.

A talking session, which may lead to some bargaining, is planned for Friday.

There needs to be an agreement between the two sides within the next few weeks, if classes are to resume as planned on Sept. 2.

Teachers need to be back at work, and students need to be learning. The reality is that there was little learning in the final month of school, due to rotating walkouts and an eventual full-fledged strike. This needs to change, because students do not automatically adjust to changing circumstances of a labour dispute in the same way that adults do.

Intensive bargaining is needed, and parents are hoping there will be a settlement coming.

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