Day three of talks between the government and the BC Teachers’ Federation has wrapped up.
Restoring class size and composition is the big item on the table.
It’s a hot button issue that’s been fought over for nearly 15 years.
BCTF President Glen Hansman says meetings between both parties remain peaceful and productive.
“There seems to be an openness to not repeating the same bad faith process that played itself out a few years ago. We’re certainly happy about that.”
Hansman says logistics are being hammered out in the early stages.
“What we’re trying to do right now is figure out some timelines, what are some of the initial steps we can take right at the beginning of 2017.”
“Recruitment initiatives certainly in some of the smaller and rural school districts, it can be challenging to fill those roles like special education teachers.”
Meetings continue on Tuesday,
“Chances of teachers who already have employment to get additional qualifications to fill those roles.”
Last month the Supreme Court of Canada sided with the BCTF to restore language over the issue which the province had stripped teachers of their right to bargain over it back in 2002.
CKNW has reached out to the government for comment.