A brand new poll that tested the awareness and attitudes about the BCTF's landmark Supreme Court of Canada win show British Columbians overwhelmingly want the government to abide by the ruling, implement it quickly, and get more teachers working with students as soon as January.
“It's been more than a month since teachers won our huge victory at the Supreme Court of Canada and it's clear that British Columbians want the government to take action quickly to restore our working and learning conditions,” said BC Teachers' Federation President Glen Hansman.
Hansman noted that the ongoing discussions between the BCTF and government have been positive and that British Columbians are eager to see a quick resolution.
“The poll shows British Columbians agree with teachers that this process should not be long or drawn out, and that they care about restoring supports to students as soon as possible.
“With a $2.24 billion surplus, we know the government has plenty of funding to get the job done for this school year and on an ongoing basis. The public agrees that government needs to make the necessary investments as soon as January.”
The polling questions, commissioned by the BC Teachers' Federation, were part of an omnibus poll conducted by Stratcom between December 9 and 11, 2016. The results (see link below for full results) showed:
- 79.6% of British Columbians were aware of the Court decision. Within that, a strong 36.9% said they were following the issue closely.
- 80.5% agreed that “the BC government should restore class size limits, specialist teachers, and support for children with special needs.” 55.5% strongly agreed with that sentiment.
- 80.2% agreed that with a $2.2 billion surplus, the government can and should make the necessary investment to restore the stripped language. 54% strongly agreed.
- 66.2% chose options that called on government to act in January. 34.8% said the government should start making all of the required changes in January, while 31.4% said more specialist teachers should be hired immediately.
“As teachers and students leave school today for the winter break, it's important for them to know that the public is on side with a quick and fully funded strategy to hire the hundreds of teachers necessary to abide by the Supreme Court of Canada decision, and to support the needs of all learners.” Says Glen Hansman.
Full poll results.