The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation recently learned that school boards across the province are being notified by the government to expect another wave of cuts in the 2018 provincial budget.

After last year's budget saw nearly 200 educators in the province lose their jobs, Federation President, Patrick Maze said there’s no way to introduce further cuts without seriously harming the quality of education provided to children in the province.

"We've been hearing from school divisions that they're trying to wrestle with very difficult budgets. We know that this year was a really tough budget year which resulted in over 188 fewer teachers across the province and we know that this could increase even further. We know that there was a directive to school divisions to try and keep the cuts as far away from students and the classroom, yet another round of cuts like this is going to be impossible to keep it out of the class room. Often it's the students who are the most vulnerable that require the extra supports when they have a learning disability or challenges, those are the ones who need it those most and the cuts are going to mean that those supports aren't available."

While it's unclear at this time as to how many cuts or how significant they will be, it remains to be seen what is in store for the South East Cornerstone Public School Division.

"Not to speculate too much, but the South East Cornerstone Public School Division is a large geographic division with smaller population of students, so these cuts significantly hurt these students with longer bus times, fewer supports in the classroom, higher pupil-teacher ratio which means the teacher cant get around to every student to give them the attention and time they need to receive proper instruction."

STF President Patrick Maze also made it very clear that parents, students and teachers alike should stand up and make their voice heard should these cut backs come to fruition.

"Government has a responsibility to fund public education and they're attempting to balance their books on overspent budgets on our student's backs and that's unacceptable. We want government to meet their responsibility to fund education, we know that the budget mess wasn't created in a year or two, this has been a long time thing right through the boom money was being spent faster than it was coming in.

"Education is our future and we look at it as an investment into our future. We would obviously prefer that it's well supported as opposed to adequately supported, but when they're actually looking to try and balance the books on our students who clearly didn't create the budget mess we are in, that's frustrating. It's an easy target because they don't have a voice and that's where we feel it's important for teachers, the public, parents to stand up for their kids and give them a voice," Maze concluded.

More Local News

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of…

Three Ballots Needed Each for Police Board, Remuneration Board

At City Council's regular meeting Monday night, two boards needed people on it from the public at large - and the results were so close there were multiple ballots needed. It took three votes for…

Building Permits In City Down In 2018

Building permits for 2018 were down significantly from 2017, Estevan city council learned Monday night. The monthly building permit report gave an overview of how many building permits the city…

Festival Of Lights Shone Bright in 2018

The Festival of lights had a great turnout in 2018. They jumped from 11 participants in 2017 to 25 participants this year in 2018 and had an abundance of positive feedback from people driving through…

*Update* SaskTel Experiencing Long Distance Issues

“All circuits are busy. Please hang up and try your call again later.” This is the message many across Saskatchewan are hearing this morning when trying to make a long distance phone call or a call a…

SHA Advice for Those With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is commonly known as winter depression. While the winter months, in particular, can be challenging for those who are dealing with S.A.D., the disorder is not necessarily…

Province Seeks Public Input on Sask Libraries Engagement Report

As part of the library engagement process, the public is now invited to provide their feedback on Legislative Secretary Terry Dennis’s Report of Saskatchewan Public Libraries Engagement. Over the…

Geothermal Plant Coming To Estevan

Friday's announcement of the Federal Government allotting $25 million towards a geothermal project caught many in the southeast by surprise, but it's a project that's been well in the making for a…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login