FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (April 3, 2013) – NDP PEI Leader Mike Redmond is disappointed by the lack of support for the Island education system shown by the Ghiz government.
“The recent provincial budget requires the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to hold expenditures at current levels, and very little attention was paid to education otherwise,” said Redmond.
During the 2011 election, Premier Robert Ghiz pledged to maintain current numbers of teachers in PEI’s public education system, and even hazarded a guess that more teachers would be required in coming years. However, by April 2012, less than a year after the election, the Ghiz government announced plans to cut 120 jobs in the education system over three years, including 60 teaching positions. The government claimed most positions would be eliminated through attrition, but by June 2012 the PEI Teachers’ Federation had learned of reductions to probationary teaching assignments.
“Fewer teachers in classrooms or in supportive positions will result in reduced services to students and a damaging effect on the PEI educational system,” said Redmond. “Young people with dreams of entering the teaching profession are facing a grim reality of limited opportunity in PEI.”
“Parents and educators should be very skeptical of any pledges by this government concerning student learning,” concluded Redmond, “ Recent history has proven the lack of sincerity and commitment by the Ghiz government in supporting our children’s public education.”
Leader, NDP PEI