Saskatchewan teachers warn more cuts, gov’t says no budget decisions yet
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is warning of more cuts to classrooms.
Federation President Patrick Maze said school boards have been warned to plan for cuts in addition to those introduced in last year’s budget.
Maze said the federation has received a copy of a memo sent out by the Chinook School Division asking educators to look at programming differently with fewer resources.
The federation said the budget cuts come within the context of the government’s plan to improve education and training.
Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said the government has not directed school divisions to prepare for another round of cuts.
She said the government is aware schools are under pressure and no budget decisions have been made yet.
NDP youth critic Vicki Mowat said there are about 4,500 more students in Saskatchewan classrooms this year and 188 fewer teachers and support workers to educate them.
Mowats said more cuts would mean larger class sizes and a less effective education system.
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