BC’s Education minister was surprised to learn School District 43 has sent out 632 layoff notices to its teachers.
Peter Fassbender was told about the layoffs by CKNW.
“I find it difficult to believe that there is that many teachers that have been given layoff notices. I don’t have the facts as you have stated. I will say this that every school district, as is the province, are managing their budgets within a fiscal environment that we have to, to protect taxpayers but also to protect the system.”
Fassbender says the province has made significant investments into what he calls BC’s world leading education system.
“Every school district has to look a there ability to deliver within a fiscal environment and Coquitlam has got challenges fiscally and they are having to manage those. That is why the government provides districts with block funding and they manage those dollars as efficiently and as affectively as they can. Both for there students but also for the taxpayers.”
Despite the teachers layoffs in Coquitlam and budget cuts being made in Coquitlam and many other school districts Fassbender insists BC’s education system will not take a hit.
“If I look at outcomes. If I look at how we are doing as a province. In this country and on the world stage we are one of the leaders that doesn’t mean we haven’t got more work to do. We also as a government have invested significantly and continue to in education since 2001.”
School District 43 blamed budget cuts and fewer retirees for the layoffs and added many teachers could be re-hired in September.