With veteran mediator Vince Ready offering his assistance in the BC teachers’ dispute, some parents are becoming hopeful for the upcoming school year, but still want to be prepared if the strike goes on.
“There is definitely a ray of hope that somebody who has mediated so many disputed contracts in the past has now volunteered his time to come to the table and get things done,” says Rahim Rajabali, a father of two.
But he says you always need a backup plan. He says he plans to send his kids to an informal learning group, with a hired educator, organized by the Ismaili, Muslim community in the event of a continued strike.
Parents will pay for that using part of the province’s $40-a-day childcare subsidy.