The Saskatchewan NDP is pressing the government for details of how the province’s schools are to reopen safely, and how the plan will be funded, as teachers and parents continue to express misgivings about the plan presented last week.
“Parents, teachers, kids — everyone wants to see schools reopen safely this fall,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “But we’ve seen from other places, that is going to take a lot of thought, a lot of work, and some dedicated resources. It’s important we get this right.”
With more divisions announcing cuts and struggling to meet the demands of growth and basic inflation, the NDP is concerned that the government isn’t doing enough to ensure schools have the resources they need to reopen safely.
“Our schools were overcrowded and under-resourced before this pandemic, after years of falling per-student funding,” said Education Critic Carla Beck. “We’ve yet to see from the Sask. Party any recognition that safely reopening schools doesn’t just require guidelines — it’s going to take a well-resourced plan that looks after our kids.”