WATCH ABOVE: The BCTF’s 72 hour strike notice means teachers could on the picket lines next Tuesday. But as Tanya Beja reports, teachers don’t plan to be in class Monday either.
The Labour Relations Board (LRB) ruled this morning that provincial exams for Grades 10 through 12 and final marks for Grade 12 students are essential services.
According to the LRB ruling, BC Teachers’ Federation members will be required to provide final marks for Grade 12 by June 20 and supervise provincial exams for Grade 10 through 12 students.
The ruling follows on the heels of a press conference by BCTF president Jim Iker announcing the members will be engaging in a full-scale strike starting on June 17.
Effective immediately, school districts are supposed to consult with their local unions regarding the number of teaching staff needed to oversee final exams from June 16-24, according to the LRB order.
The order also says that striking teachers will not be allowed to picket entrances designated for students to enter for exams.
The BCTF has requested that bargaining continues throughout the weekend and Education Minister Peter Fassbender has said he is now working with his team and “they are prepared to bargain all weekend.”
On Monday, June 16, teachers will be participating in a province-wide study session to review BCTF’s revised funding proposals and teachers will not be picketing, according to Iker.
Cancellation of classes on Monday due to the study sessions will be made by individual districts.
Rotating strikes will continue as planned today and tomorrow.