It’s not something we’re used to hearing when it comes to B.C.’s education ministry and the teacher’s union: collaboration.
After years of acrimony, representatives from both sides shared the stage Monday in Victoria, lauding new teacher training supports, as part of the new curriculum being implemented across B.C.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says the plan includes training time is worth $100 million over three years, as well as an additional $1 million to fund targeted training this year.
“That money is to help put on seminars to ensure that we have people in place to do the education that’s required for teachers for the new curriculum.”
Bernier says each school district will decide how and when to conduct the training.
As for BC Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker, he says he’s focusing on the new training announcement today, but there are still concerns in B.C. about class size and composition.