March 6, 2015 10:15 am
Updated: March 6, 2015 10:27 am

BCTF holds a community forum against cuts to adult education


The BC Teachers Federation has hosted a packed community forum to advocate on behalf of adult education.

They say the government plan to slash funding to crucial educational upgrade classes just doesn’t make sense.

“We want to tell the premier of this province that our adult education students are not low-hanging fruit,” said BCTF President Jim Iker.

Iker’s remark is in reference to a controversial comment made by Christ Clark last week. The premier called $54 million in school district cuts “low-hanging fruit.”

“It is time for all of us to continue to speak out and get this government to listen,” added Iker.

Teachers claim the cuts to adult education will make it much more difficult for people to climb out of minimum or low-wage situations into better paying jobs.

They’re also concerned that cuts to classes could trigger job losses for teachers.

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