June 7, 2014 4:50 pm

Teachers rally at Education Minister’s office

VANCOUVER – Demonstrators gathered at Education Minister Peter Fassbender’s office today in Surrey for what they called a rally to save public education.

The several hundred people in attendance lined Fraser Highway, between 159 and 160 streets. The group included teachers, their family members and supporters who say they are concerned about the future of B.C. schools and the under-funding of education in the province.

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Early next week, BCTF members will be voting on whether to step-up their job action. If they vote in favour of escalation, it’s possible students will face an all-out strike before the end of the school year. On Friday, the provincial government applied to the Labour Relations Board to declare certain teaching duties as “essential services,” such as grade 10 to 12 final exams and report cards.

The rotating strikes are set to continue on Tuesday. A full schedule can be found here.

With files from Darlene Heidemann

© Shaw Media, 2014

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