Students are pawns in never-ending fight between teachers and provincial government

Editor: This is an open letter to Premier Christy Clark and the B.C. Teachers Federation.

The parents of B.C. have recently been informed that our public school teachers are going on rotating strikes, beginning May 26. This means that each school district will be on strike for an entire day, and consequently, many parents will be scrambling to find child care services to cover for this day of absence.

Fortunately, I work from home and don’t have this extra worry when my son’s school in Langley goes on strike on Tuesday, May 27. BCTF president Jim Iker has recently stated that more strikes may take place, if nothing is settled by this week.

This ongoing battle between our government and teachers’ federation has one group of losers — our students. Of particular concern are the high school students who are gearing up for final exams.

B.C. students have become mere chess pawns in this vicious game where neither side wishes to concede. And yet, both sides at this crucial point in time must make certain concessions in order to reach a resolution.

So please, Premier Clark and President Iker of the BCTF, put on your thinking caps, and for the sake of our children, sit down and resolve this mess immediately.

Cara De St. Remy,


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