Education Minister Peter Fassbender is responding to the BCTF’s move to a full-scale strike, as well as the recent Labour Relations Board ruling on exams and final marks.
Minister Peter Fassbender had promised students in Grade 10 through 12 would be able to write their exams and get final grades, not just the 10 through 12 Provincial exams.
He’s promising that’s still going to happen and staff are working on a plan to get that done.
As for the strike, Minister Fassbender says he’s buoyed by the union’s mention of a revised bargaining package and says he’s optimistic that if it comes to the table with a compromise then a deal before Tuesday may be in sight.
Fassbender has a message for parents and students, “I am profoundly sorry that you’re in the middle of all this. And quite honestly even to a lot of the teachers that no one wants this, but we have to break the cycle, we need to get to a negotiated settlement–that’s our commitment.”