With no end in sight for the teachers’ strike, no plans are in place yet to ensure students who are supposed to be in Grade 12 and en route to graduating next year aren’t cheated out of an education.
“Our commitment has to be to the students, no matter what, that they’re able to complete their year to move on to their post-secondary education of choice.”
Education Minister Peter Fassbender says government staff have been directed to make arrangements with school administrators, but no details have been finalized yet.
“There’s a number of potential options. We’ve not landed on anything and it also is going to be contingent on how long the strike continues.”
He won’t say if days could be added to the school calendar to make up for time lost.
Fassbender has again asked union leaders to suspend their strike, but they’ve made it clear picket lines won’t drop without assurances a settlement can be negotiated.