As public school enrollment in the province increases for the first time in decades, the Teacher’s Union wants additional money to help a certain segment of those new students.
BCTF President Jim Iker says resources are going to be needed to deal with incoming refugee children now making B.C. home.
“Of course then we have the Syrian refugees that are coming into our schools and we are hoping that the government will provide the funding to give them the services that they are going to need in our schools whether it is more specialist teachers, or other support systems, or classroom teachers.”
Iker says at this point he doesn’t have a dollar figure that would cover the costs of resources for the Syrian refugee children.
He says the Ministry of Education is looking at the issue and he is hopeful it will be addressed.