Ontario’s NDP education critic says the province isn’t doing enough to prepare for a safe reopening of schools this September.
Marit Stiles says Education Minister Stephen Lecce has been holding press conferences, but not taking action on things like ventilation and smaller class sizes.
“Schools reopen in eight weeks,” said Stiles. “Experts agree: the hybrid learning fiasco must end and students must be back in schools, safely. Yet Stephen Lecce appears to be avoiding investment in our children, again.”
“There should be a massive effort underway to install improved ventilation in every classroom in Ontario,” she continued. “There should be a herculean hiring effort happening now to ensure small class sizes where kids can get one-on-one support when they need it, as they recover academically and emotionally from the rough year behind us.”
Stiles says the government has cut $800-million from schools for the year.
“This is no time for big cuts and bad choices on the backs of our kids– it’s time to move heaven and earth to get our kids into small, safe, well-ventilated classrooms for regular in-school learning in September,” she concluded.