Students and others spoke to a crowd outside Vancouver Art Gallery during a rally for education funding on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
“Our government doesn’t seem to be getting the message that British Columbians care our education system”
Dozens showed up despite the weather to protest against the ongoing cuts.
Speakers demanded more from the BC government saying students are still waiting for the support they desperately need.
“Get your priorities straight and fund the education system that we not only need as a province, but that the students of this province deserve.”
People at the rally said something needs to change.
“Are they actually missing out and not fulfilling their potential because the resources all around them are being cut down to basically bare bones.”
“We have programs being cut, so it’s all across the board, all across the province the effects we’ve seen.”
“It’s like cutting limbs and legs and hands, there’s no surplus anymore, there’s nothing really to cut.”
One Burnaby teacher says he’s seen the effects first-hand.
“We’ve already seen in the last 10 years, 15 years, what sort of happened, we have overcrowding of classes, we have class where there’s composition issues, students with special needs are neglected, we have schools being closed”
He says BC students shouldn’t receive $1,000 dollar less than the national average in Canada.
NDP MP Jenny Kwan for Vancouver East was at the rally to show her support.
She says current efforts are not good enough.
“This is about the future of our country, it’s about the future of our province, and it’s about the future of each and every one of us. And not only do we need to invest in this education system for today, but we’re investing it for tomorrow as well.”
NDP Education Critic Rob Fleming was also at the rally to support protesters.
He says Education needs to be the number one priority.
“Our province has gone from the second best funded education system in Canada to the second worst, and students have paid the price in terms of the classroom resources they’ve had removed”
Fleming says education is the way to build a sustainable and prosperous economy.