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Three years ago today, teachers across the province went on strike to improve learning conditions in BC, but students are still waiting because the government refuses to fulfil its promises, BCTF Vice-President Susan Lambert said today.

“On October 7, 2005, teachers went on strike demanding better learning conditions for their students,” said Lambert. “Three years later, students and teachers are still in overcrowded classrooms. The BC Liberal government promised to reduce class sizes and improve support for students with special needs but they never provided the funding to get the job done.”

Last year, there were thousands of classes across the province that exceeded the BC Liberals’ own legislated requirements. In addition, there were more than 10,000 overcrowded classes that violated legislated standards for students with special needs.

The government also created the Learning Round Table, but three years later there is still no plan and conditions are actually getting worse. There were more overcrowded classes in 2007–08 school year than in 2006–07.

“When is this government going to learn that rhetoric and broken promises do nothing to help students learn?” asked Lambert. “Teachers, parents, and students are tired of waiting, tired of a government that puts more effort into public relations than public education. After three years of broken promises, it’s time for real action and new resources.”

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For more information, contact Rich Overgaard, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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