EDITORIAL: BCTF and province are playing chicken and chess with children

Parents trying to guess whether school will start in two weeks are just as in the dark as everyone else.

They would like to see an agreement between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the province’s bargaining arm, the BC Public School Employers’ Association, but are concerned they have been put on the sidelines as flag girls in a desperate game of chicken. Or maybe the game is chess and they don’t want their kids to be pawns.

But face it, few eligible parents will turn down the province’s promise of $40 a day to cover childcare costs for children under 13 years of age even though many undoubtedly understand that this is just a bribe that could prolong the dispute and, worse, further deplete funds that should be targeted towards education.

(And let us just state clearly: That money was collected to fund the public education system and that’s what it should do.)

We can only hope that with time running out before Sept. 2, the two sides are back to serious negotiations.


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