It’s clear a provincial election is looming in British Columbia.
Over the past few days the Liberal government has made a slew of announcements regarding school maintenance.
Some of the news releases read “plumbing upgrades coming soon to Delta schools,” “Roof upgrades coming soon to Burnaby school,” and “upgrades brighten Maple Ridge school.”
B.C.’s education critic Rob Fleming calls it “ridiculous.”
“We’ve got some very old building stock in different school districts out there and what we’ve also had is a decade and a half of a Liberal government that has failed to give school districts the kind of money required to maintain their building in proper working order.”
The government says it announced an extra $20 million in funding in September and 217 school improvement projects have been approved.
In an email to CKNW, the Ministry of Education says School Enhancement Projects are important extra investments from the government.
“To date, over $100 million has been invested through the School Enhancement Program.”
The Ministry says the investment is on top of the allotted to school districts via annual facilities grants.
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