Education, Ontario Electoral Campaign Weak Relationships

Ricardo Tranjan, political economist and senior fellow at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, was among those surprised.

He believes that while interesting steps have been mentioned on the platforms of some political parties, education was not a topic of social debate during the campaign, nor was it at the center of discussion during the leaders’ debate.

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, which is supposed to promote equitable education among students from socially unequal backgrounds, has suffered due to long months of distance education.

Ricardo Tranjan, political economist and senior researcher at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives

Photo: Radio-Canada / Renault Patriots

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. Tranjin, the Progressive Conservative Party has the least to say about education in this campaign.

Terms Education It still appears 40 times in the outgoing government’s budget, which serves as an electoral platform. But in comparison, the word Health There appeared 258 times. Progressive conservatives do not specify, moreover, what strategy they would like to adopt when returning to compulsory full-time 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.

Leaders have missed out on a great opportunity to reassure parents that we are on the right trackHe exclaims about the leaders debate aired on May 16.

He noted the lack of a French-speaking teacher, a problem that stemmed from an Ipsos survey commissioned by Radio Canada.

This year, her daughter, who is in seventh grade at a French language school in Hearst, saw nine different teachers go through her class. He blamed many of these changes for devaluing the profession.

He poses smiling in front of a tree.

Paul Barrell Parent President, Education Partner.

Photo: Courtesy of Paul Barrell

The Liberal Party’s promise to hire 10,000 teachers to reduce the size of the class is not enough to convince him.

We can’t do it overnight. […] We may be talking in two, four or six years, but the problem at the moment is that our children are sufferingHe replied.

The epidemic showed that the system had errors. […] It was okay, it was autopilot, but [elle] He opened the eyes of his parents […] Against the education system. A

A quote from Paul Barrell, President of Parents Partners in Education

Konstantin Kilibarda, a professor at McMaster University and a member of the organization Ontario Parents Action Network, Also comes to the same conclusion. He lamented the lack of discussion in political class about the Ontario school.

In particular, he condemned Ontario law 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.

It also highlights the shortage of professionals in the school. She mentioned the matter to her daughter’s primary school parents, who have been waiting 18 months for their child to be seen by a language pathologist.

Families really need a plan for Ontario that aims to strengthen the school system and meet the new needs arising from the epidemic. […] I do not see any plan from the government to address these challenges in the school system. A

A quote from Constantine Kilibarda

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.

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