Statement from Education Critic Carla Beck on School Mask Use And Other Measures

After the latest update from the Education Minister today, I continue to be astounded by this government’s complete lack of planning for a safe return to schools.

The Minister of Education announced further potential measures that divisions might choose to enforce for the upcoming school year. Let us be clear: further guidance is badly needed, but the guidance they’ve provided so far is not nearly enough. Parents still do not know when, and under what conditions, mask use will be mandatory.

Beck Declares Back-to-School Plan a Failure, Calls for Human Services Committee to Reconvene to Fix It

In response to the Sask. Party’s failure to present a viable back-to-school plan, NDP Education Critic Carla Beck called on the Sask. Party government and Education Minister Gord Wyant to reconvene the Human Services Committee to fix the return to school plan released by the province last week.

“I’m hearing from teachers and families who are confused and frustrated about this government’s complete failure to present a viable plan for the safe return to school,” said Beck. “People want a clear path forward, but the Premier, the SHA and the Ministry of Education can’t even agree who’s driving. That’s why we’re calling on the Sask. Party to convene the committee, to make the return to school as safe as possible.”

NDP stands with Samwel Uko’s family to call for public inquiry on province’s suicide crisis, apology from Health Minister

Saskatchewan NDP Leader Dr. Ryan Meili and MLA Doyle Vermette joined Justin Nyee, the uncle of Samwel Uko, to call on Health Minister Jim Reiter to accept responsibility on behalf of the provincial government for failing Samwel Uko, and to establish a public inquiry to examine the high rates of suicide that have been left unaddressed for too long.

“Minister Reiter needs to ensure that Saskatchewan families understand: what happened to Samwel must never happen again in our province,” said Meili. “Shockingly, this government seems far more concerned with managing the optics of their failure to prevent suicide in Saskatchewan than with actually doing something about it.”