Since last week, the union has said the partial lockout that begins in all school districts around the province today, puts at risk extracurricular activities.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender calls that “truly puzzling”, saying the true disruption to student learning comes from the BCTF’s leadership decision to turn students away from their classrooms.
Last night the BC Public School Employers Association sent the union a letter, saying the lockout does not effect any voluntary extracurricular activities by teachers, such as coaching.
Fassbender also says, “Parents and students don’t deserve this disruption. We should be resolving this dispute at the negotiating table, not in the classroom or on the picket line.”