The Chair of the Powell River School Board has written a scathing letter to the Education Minister about problems with the new software system called MyEducationBC.
Doug Skinner tells Minister Mike Bernier that while some difficulties during implementation were anticipated, this particular experience has not only cost the District thousands of dollars in unexpected staffing costs, it has also caused unacceptable levels of frustration and delivery difficulties.
And he’s demanding the Ministry hold the supplier, Fujitsu, accountable for their failure to deliver a stable working environment.
He says that many of the issues that plagued the old BCeSIS system appear to have followed this new system.
The Education ministry says it and various school districts are working around the clock to fix problems, many of which it says are already solved.
While Powell River School District demands compensation for thousands of dollars in costs in dealing with the software the ministry says no money is coming.
The ministry says each district is responsible for training its staff and in Powell River’s case it has a budget surplus to cushion those costs.
Powell River School District and others say the new software, just like the old, is plagued with problems.
Last Fall, when the Nanaimo School Board voiced similar complaints, a Ministry spokesperson said the government would not be asking Fujitsu for compensation.
Fujitsu had sent a letter of apology to all Districts in late October.
The roughly $100-million MyEducationBC software replaced the old, failed BCeSIS system that also cost about $100-million.
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