The president of the Saskatchewan School Board Association is calling for more funding into education.
Shawn Davidson says over 55 million dollars was removed from last year’s budget and it negatively impacted both teachers and students.
“The funding cut in 2017-18 amounted to $440 dollars per student across the province. And our per student funding right now is actually at the lowest level that it’s been since 2011.”
Davidson notes they have spoken with the candidates running for the premiership and says he is hopeful all of them uphold their commitment to re-invest in education.
The education critic for the NDP echoed the re-invest in education comments.
Carla Beck spoke at the Legislature today, noting nearly all of the 28 school boards saw cuts to instructional funding worth over 23 million dollars.
She says the government needs to acknowledge the cuts and the long term severity of them.
“These cuts are seeing increase class size numbers (and) they’re seeing decreased supports for students in the classroom.”
Education Minister Bronywyn Eyre addressed comments from the Saskatchewan School Board Association by saying
the government is taking those comments into consideration.
“As I said last week, the premier and I and cabinet are looking at what we can do for this coming budget, ’18-’19, but also what we might be able to do mid-year.”
Over 55 million dollars in funding was cut from school division budgets in 2017-18, with 23 million of that coming from instructional funding.
(David Boles – CKRM)