Education must be supported, not cut
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This article was published 08/01/2021 (624 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Education, and with it the lives of our children and families, was massively disrupted in 2020. I know that families, teachers, and other educational staff in Transcona and across the province have been doing their very best to adapt and give our children the best year possible.
Manitobans deserve a government that will match their commitment to keeping our schools and our children safe — but we have yet to see it.
On Jan. 5, the province opened its long-awaited Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre, originally expected in November. On the same day, over 200,000 students returned to school in some combination of in-person and remote learning. Both teachers and parents have spoken out that this timing is useless for teachers, who have had no time to use the support centre to prepare. Teachers have also explained how the centre provides no relief for educators who have been and continue to teach both in-class and remotely.
It’s not surprising, given this government’s track record, that teachers are still struggling to get the help they need after months of telling the government that they need help. Instead of listening, the premier is continuing to plow ahead with his education review looming over the heads of Manitoba teachers. We learned pretty clearly from his healthcare review that “review” is simply code for more cuts, which is the last thing our children need right now. This review is now also completely outdated, as COVID-19 has changed everything, and should be scrapped entirely.
Then there is the issue of Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act. The government has not released the contents of Bill 64, along with over a dozen other pieces of legislation that will impact everything from education to health care to childcare. So, while we don’t know the exact wording of Bill 64 yet, we can guarantee that — given the government’s record of hiding changes in omnibus bills and waiting until the last minute to introduce legislation — it will have a profound effect on public education in Manitoba.
As the critic for education, I along with my NDP colleagues will continue to fight for your children’s education, as well as the health and safety of all Manitobans.
My staff and I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and all the best in 2021. If you need to contact us, please call 204-594-2025 or email email@example.com
Transcona constituency report
Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.