As the new school year is about to get under way, Education Minister Mike Bernier is accusing the Vancouver School Board of letting students and parents down.
“Parents deserve better, students deserve better, and there is a huge opportunity in Vancouver that was highlighted when a few years ago the last report showed they were wasting $37 million on empty classrooms, empty space that could be redirected,” says Bernier.
He says the board has to manage their budget more accordingly.
“They have publicly said they are looking at possible school closures, 12 if not more schools because of declining enrolment. There’s 6,500 fewer students – 10,000 empty seats in Vancouver.”
Next week, over 529,000 students will start school across the province.
The figures show an increase of enrolment for the second year in a row in B.C.