This is exactly true about class sizes. No offense, but all you hear from teachers and the PRTU is “classes are too big” “cuts too deep”. They are always bitching when a teachers begin to lose their jobs.
Yes this sucks overall for the teachers who are losing their job, but what do they expect? Enrollment is down and our population is down, thus cutting down on the number of teachers is to be expected. We can’t blame that on the BCLiberals.
Also class sizes have ALWAYS been big. When I was in highschool (at CHSS) we had 25 students, sometimes 30 students. I don’t see 31 or 32 students in one class being considered “too big” since this has always been for the most part the status quo. I also know people in highschool who do not feel like the quality of their education is being infringed upon as a result of teacher cutbacks and “overcrowded” classrooms.
When our economy returns to unanemic status (once the Cruise Ship industry and the Container Port takes off) then it will be time to hire more teachers and increse funding, but when you have elementary schools running at BELOW 50% capacity (ie. Port Edward Elementary), you can’t keep a full staff, it just doesn’t make sense economically.
I understand teacher are frusturated because their jobs are in jeopardy in this region, but the Liberal gov’t should not be blamed for cutting back, especially when enrollment rates have dropped as they have in the last 5 years.