Data provided today by the Liberal government proves that students with special needs are not being well-served by the provincial government. The BC Teachers’ Federation is concerned about the length of time it took the government to release the data, which was compiled in October but released four months later.
The data shows that more than 9,000 classes have four or more students with special needs. “It’s clear that the legislation has fallen far short,” says Jinny Sims, president of the BCTF. “Bill 33 was introduced to address class size and support for special needs students. This data shows the government has failed to meet the needs of many students, especially those who are the most vulnerable. Students with special needs continue to suffer because of a lack of resources and it’s time the Liberal government fully fund public education.
The BCTF’s province-wide tour on Bill 33 has shown that there are too many classes where learning conditions make it difficult for teachers to teach, and for students to learn. “We are very concerned about this,” says Sims. “Last spring, the Liberal government made a commitment to students, parents, and teachers to improve teaching and learning conditions. We will continue to advocate for our students, using every venue available to us, including the Learning Roundtable. Our students must have the resources they need to learn, and we call on the government of British Columbia to fund its own legislation.”
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The BC Teachers’ Federation says class-size and class-composition data released today by Victoria, proves government legislation has fallen short in addressing the learning needs of students.
BCTF President Jinny Sims says there are still too many classes where learning conditions make it difficult for teachers to teach and students to learn. She says the data shows the government has failed to meet the needs of many students, but especially the needs of students with special needs.
Sims says it’s time the government fully fund its own legislation which so far, has not met the needs of all students.
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For more information, contact Yvonne Eamor, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).