The Sask. Party government doesn’t have a smart-growth plan to make pre-K-12 education sustainable as the province grows – and the consequences of that failure emerged during the spring session of the Legislature.
"The Sask. Party has underfunded schools and students," said David Forbes, NDP education critic. "There is no common sense in making cuts when there are more students in today’s schools."
Forbes and the NDP MLAs addressed head-on a number of the Sask. Party’s bad decisions in pre-K-12 education during the spring session, including:
- The decision to pay millions to begin administering a massive out-dated regimen of standardized testing to all students. Standardized testing will mire teachers in administration and data collection instead of teaching – at a time when other provinces and jurisdictions around the world have determined that standardized testing is an outdated system with no benefit to students or schools.
- Shortchanging the capital budget, leaving some growing communities without a school and some schools with major structural problems, asbestos, bad wiring and outdated plumbing.
- Failing to put a cap on classroom sizes while also failing to expand the number of classrooms as the province grows. Classes are overcrowded and some classes are taking place in hallways or converted supply rooms.
- Reducing the number of educational assistants (EAs) province-wide, rather than adding more EAs. Students aren’t getting the one-on-one attention they need, and classrooms are being disrupted while a lone teacher in the classroom has to balance the needs of every student.
- Failing to provide supports for English as an additional language (EAL) programming, disadvantaging the growing number of immigrant families in Saskatchewan communities.
For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office