Parents are frustrated extra-curricular activities including graduation could be cancelled as the BC Government threatens to lock out teachers amidst its escalating labour dispute with the BC Teachers Federation.
Chair of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council Monica Moberg says teachers have backed out of planning the grad ceremony at her daughter’s school- John Oliver Secondary School.
“I had hoped to sit in the audience to watch her walk across the stage, now there’s a very good chance that, I possibly even be handing it to her.”
Moberg is concerned some students might not graduate this year.
“I know of several kids who have said they don’t know what they’re going to do and how they’re going to pass their exams, because they can’t get extra help during lunch hour, they can’t get extra help after school, this is a huge problem for kids.”
President of the Surrey D-PAC Bob Holmes says clarity is needed.
“How is this going to look, it’s very confusing with it being both a strike and a lock out at the same time.”
Holmes says the back and forth threats are causing more confusion for parents.
“It feels like a couple years ago all over again, but perhaps even more acrimonious this time around. It’s going to cause a lot of confusion for parents and students, I would really like to see the two sides come together, and come to an agreement on the whole thing, but if that’s not the case, it would be nice to have some clarity, how are things going to look.”?
The employers’ action was in response to the union’s decision to hold rotating strike action for one day in each of BC’s school districts over a four-day period next week.
The B.C. Public School Employers’ Association insists the only thing that would be significantly affected during the lockout is teachers’ pay.