A school district on Vancouver Island is boycotting a visit by the Education Minister.
The Qualicum school board says it’s taking a stand against the government and Education Minster Mike Bernier.
Trustee Julie Austin says it was a unanimous vote by the school board.
“The minister does these visits to various school districts around the province, I liken to speed dating. He flies in, goes back to Victoria, basically it’s a photo opp… From a provincial level, the minister then touts about all the wonderful things that are happening in the province and what a great educational system we have… because it’s coming up to an election year, we don’t want to give fodder to any of the parties.”
Austin says the board would rather have meaningful conversations.
“Sit down with the minister’s staff, sit down with our staff, with our spread sheets, with our budgets, with some of the ideas we have.. We’re not here to play politics, we just want what is best for students.”
Bernier is scheduled to visit area schools on Nov. 23. Trustees won’t show, but the board chair will attend.
In a statement to CKNW, Bernier says he’s “disappointed the board wants to put issues in other districts ahead of talking about what’s going on in their district. It’s a missed opportunity to talk.”