Not good enough
Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 06:00 am
Minister of Education David Eggen was big on talking points and small on an actual strategy when he addressed the Auditor Generalís scathing report on class size. (See story on page 3).
ďWe knew that there needed to be greater accountability. This is a step I obviously knew about with the Auditor General...,Ē he said.
Hang on. You knew about this problem, yet you have no plan in place? How is that possible?
This issue isnít a new one and is something Alberta Teachersí Association President Greg Jeffery said is something teachers have been pointing out for years. Yet, Eggenís comments, or lack thereof, suggests itís on the to-do list Ė but not a priority.
The downturn did no favours to education funding, but while the government figures out this long-standing issue, students are the ones who pay the price. Their learning struggles are slipping through the cracks as overworked teachers simply donít have the time or energy to address each individual studentís needs. They are being left behind in a system set up to fail them.
Do school boards need to take some accountability? Absolutely. A recent Alberta School Boards Association report found superintendent base salaries rose by 10 per cent between 2015 and 2016, while teachersí salaries remained flat. At the same time, public sector CEO wages were frozen. Thatís a clear problem.
Itís time to tackle this issue. Itís time to put students first.
Minister Eggen, lets have less talk and more action, because your vague response was not good enough.