Ricardo Tranjan, political economist and senior fellow at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, was among those surprised.
According to him, although there was talk of attractive measures on the platforms of some political parties, education was not the subject of social debate during the campaign, nor was it the focus of discussion among the leaders.
In six months [au cours de la pandémie]All analysts say the next election is going to be about health and education, two major issues and in the end it didn’t.Researcher notes.
However, listening to him, education seems to be a weak relationship.
He thinks that the allocation of funds for the Ministry of Education is very low. According to his calculations, in 2021-2022, Ontario school boards will collect $ 800 less per student compared to 2017-2018.
A deficit that affects students, supervisory staff and aging infrastructure. Researchers specifically mention the insufficient number of professionals specialized in mental health, social workers who can ensure sustainability once a week.
Sometimes we have a speech therapist for two or three elementary schoolsShe laments.
A matter of ability
Although the cost of living is a major issue in the election campaign, Ricardo Tranjan considers it
Too narrow to communicate an idea, focusing too much on the individual and the family. Focus [n’est pas assez mis] Institutions that allow us to live better together.
According to him, the school is an institution
Helps to build a more equal society. When it plays its role, it can be a springboard for economic development, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
However, the school, which is supposed to encourage equitable education for students from socially unequal backgrounds, is suffering from long months of distance education.
Researchers specifically point out that Ontario has extended online courses over the past two years compared to other provinces.
A decision that would further widen the learning gap between students who have access to computers and those less fortunate who do not have the same tools.
The government will not make enough bets in this sector
According to Mr. Tranjan, the Progressive Conservative Party has the least to say about education in the context of this campaign.
Education The outgoing government appears 40 times in the budget, which serves as an electoral platform. By comparison, words
Health There appeared 258 times. Progressive conservatives also do not specify the strategy they want to adopt when returning to full-time compulsory classes.
Paul Barrell, Parent President, Education Partner, is also outspoken. According to him, the candidates in the election have missed an important appointment with the parents of Ontario students.
What a great opportunity the leaders failed to reassure the parents, to tell them we were on the right trackHe exclaims about the leaders debate aired on May 16.
He noted the lack of French-speaking teachers, a problem that has emerged from the Radio-Canada-commissioned Ipsos survey.
This year, her daughter, in seventh grade at a French language school in Hearst, saw nine different teachers come to her class. A direct result, according to him, is that the profession is devalued.
The Liberal Party’s promise to hire 10,000 teachers to reduce the size of the class is not enough to convince him.
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Konstantin Kilibarda, a professor at McMaster University and a member of the organization Ontario Parents Action Network, Observes the same. He lamented the lack of discussion in political class about the Ontario school.
He specifically condemned legislation that restricts pay increases in the public sector (Bill 124).
I think that’s incredibly cruel [Doug] Ford maintains this policy […] During the epidemic in a context where teachers and parents are making many sacrifices to ensure the education of children. And this wage policy continues in the context of rising inflationHe comments.
He also pointed out the shortage of professionals in the school.
She cites parents in her daughter’s primary school who have been waiting 18 months for their child’s linguistic specialist.
” Families really need a plan for Ontario that aims to strengthen the school system and meet the needs of the epidemic. […] I do not see any plan from the government to address these challenges in the school system. A
The Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives has made 13 recommendations to the government, including বছরে 4.3 billion a year funding for the next 10 years.
These funds will, among other things, make it possible for many schools to be repaired and renovated.