To the Editor,
On behalf of all the children of B.C., I implore both the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the Ministry of Education to find an acceptable resolution to the ongoing and unresolved dispute, and to do so quickly.
Parents have been quietly waiting for this process to run its course for most of a school year, not because students have been unaffected by job action, but in respect for the process at hand and the changes that must develop regardless.
Now, with job action possibly escalating to full withdrawal of extra-curricular activities, this conflict has reached an unacceptable level.
We cannot sit back while our children become the hostages thereof.
We align ourselves firmly with our children, and demand a settlement of the issues.
If we do not treat this with the urgency it deserves, we’ll pay for it with a ripple of negative effects for many years to come.
Surely there are, from within the ranks of our elected leaders, people who can rise above this battlefield, and move forward with acceptable commitments and solutions.
Ingrid Van Rensburg