LRB rules on final exams and report cards

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Public school teachers have been ordered to supervise final exams and submit final marks, even though they’re preparing for a full-scale walkout on Tuesday.

The Labour Relations Board has ruled that teachers must supervise students writing Grade 10 and 12 provincial exams, as well as submit final Grade 12 grades.

This, despite BCTF president Jim Iker officially calling a province-wide strike earlier today unless government can come up with some cash.

“Our members want a fair deal and we hope that escalation can actually be avoided.”

Classes won’t be in session on Monday either so teachers can study the latest contract offer.

The LRB ruling falls short of what Education Minister Peter Fassbender promised last week: that all kids would be able to write exams and get report cards.

He’s expected to speak to reporters this hour.

Comments

  1. Wow, the secondary teachers are going to have to work for which they will be paid. Are they all needed, that is the non examinable or non core curriculum teachers?

    Will the BCTF ask them to voluntarily contribute their pay made to help the cause in supporting their elementary colleagues? Will they so volunteer that money? What a time of the year to pick for job action. After a summer of talks and negotiations it would have been better timing for job action sometime in September perhaps after the first paycheques were made.

  2. The delicious irony in this whole mess is teachers haven’t done their homework. The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour has essential service designation for public sector workers before the SOCC. Judgment is reserved at this time. The LRB in B.C. is a joke sham and shill for the provincial government. There will be no collective bargaining. Teachers are wasting their money and should wait for the SOCC.

  3. Is that grade 10 and 12 or 10 to 12? what about grade 11? Will this ruling allow people who are graduating from post secondary courses that are taught at secondary schools to write their finals now? What a mess!

  4. Let me try to understand this. Fastbender wants all marks in by the 20th, but the exam schedule does go to the 24th for some Grade 12 subjects. Talking before thinking is becoming his specialty.

  5. My son is in grade 10. This only addresses provincials. What about school exams that are not provincials? Will report cards be done for all grades or just grade 12?

    • It’s provincials for grade 10, 11 and 12. For grade ten the provincials are for math and english. As I understand it other exams to be take on the 17th and 18th are going to be cancelled along with all outstanding projects and reports in all classes. The final grade will be based on the current mark the child is getting.

  6. My daughter is in Grade 12 and was advised last week by one of her science teachers that he was cancelling their final exam and they would not be writing it. (HUH?) This was BEFORE the LRB ruling and the strike vote. All very confusing for the students/parents at the schools. I have just sent a message to my daughter telling her to confirm with her principal and her teachers what exams will or will not be held at her school. I would hate for students to miss out on marks from a final exam because the exam was held, but the students were told there would not be one. The only people suffering right now are the STUDENTS. The teachers don’t really care (it is almost summer break time anyways for them). The gov’t doesn’t care, it is saving money the longer this goes on and does not really effect them, they are still claiming their salaries and the Premier’s son is nicely tucked away at a private school where he will complete all his required classes and exams for the year (so what does she really care, not having any effect upon her life). Jim Iker doesn’t care, he is pulling in his salary, while all his teachers will end up losing money, no effect on him either. So who is REALLY losing out??? The kids, that’s who.
    The teachers should be in the classroom NOW, finishing off the year and allowing the Grade 12 students to finish their high school careers in a more positive, productive fashion.

  7. So if teachers are an essential service, and can be told by the LRB to return to work at any whim, then they have no chance in a collective bargaining situation. An LRB with any sense should recognize this and suspend collective bargaining in this situation. An arbitration model similar to that used by the doctors should put in place now instead.

  8. An arbitration model similar to that used by the doctors should put in place now instead. now that would never be acceptable to the many Liberal supporters and Anti-unionists they just might get more in arbitration,the BC Liberal will be pulling out their hair if the Teacher got anything just like they supported a freeze on minimum wages and supported a $6 training wage that I will say some still practising this with the Student foreign workers today. Drive the wages to the bottom sounds as if this is coming from retiree’s and are set up with their costs in life and now want it frozen for future generations to not get ahead to afford even an apartment let alone a house. If a teacher spends 6 years in university and has a master’s+ what will they be worth?

    • Ken280, the BCTF had that very opportunity with the Wright Report and they rejected it, and so now it;s the Governments fault?
      I guess you don’t notice the pattern here, where it is very body else fault, never the BCTF.
      Perhaps read before you write!

      • No one in its right mind could accept the Wright Report in totality as it contained a false assumption that stripping of language giving teachers the right to bargain class size and class composition was constitutional. And the two court decisions prove that the BCTF was very wise in rejecting the Don Wright Report.

        Sorry but as respectable as he is, Don Wright, as a puppet of the government, made recommendations that could not fly-and didn’t. A contract that contains language that contrary to the law is unenforceable.

        Don Wright should not have been so hasty. He missed a most important recommendation that might have prevented today’s fiasco. He should have recommended that the government place Bills 27 and 28 in front of the courts to first determine their constitutionality so the government would not go half-cocked on his class size and composition recommendations.

        That said, he did make some fine recommendations, especially that pertaining to binding arbitration.

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