SASKATOON - Today, Official Opposition Education Critic Matt Love responded to the Sask. Party government’s failure to secure a fair deal for Saskatchewan teachers, resulting in an impasse with the potential for future job action.
“I’m deeply disappointed that the Moe government did not offer a fair deal,” said Love. “This government needs to start making our kids a priority. Teachers’ working conditions are our kids’ learning conditions.”
Under the Sask. Party government, education funding has fallen significantly over the last decade and the learning conditions of students have worsened. Saskatchewan has gone from having the highest levels of per-pupil funding to one of the lowest in Canada.
“This government shouldn’t be focusing its energy on misleading billboards that vilify teachers,” said Love. “This is a crisis of Moe’s making. Any potential job action falls solely at the feet of Scott Moe and his education minister.”
Love also pointed to the latest report by the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth to illustrate the Moe government’s misplaced priorities. The report again calls on the Moe government to ensure that all schools comply with The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 2018. Legacy Christian Academy and other independent schools with alleged histories of abuse have recently received greater funding increases than public, Catholic, and conseil scolaire schools.
“What we see in this report is a continued failure by this government to take the concerns of the Children’s Advocate seriously. Many of these concerns were previously flagged last year,” said Love. “Every school in Saskatchewan must follow the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. That shouldn’t be up for debate.”