BURNABY - CUPE BC is calling on B.C. education minister Shirley Bond to rethink the provincial K-12 Satisfaction Survey.
Barry O’Neill, president of the B.C. division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, has written a letter to Bond saying that the survey adds little to the ability of trustees, staff, parents or provincial legislators to make informed decisions about improving education.
O’Neill also says that the survey fails to address key provincial issues like funding and governance. “The survey should ask about things like how adequate resources are, where the gaps are and what the real needs are,” says O’Neill.
“The fact is that CUPE members are already excluded from important consultation bodies, like school planning councils and the Learning Roundtables. We would be supportive of meaningful consultation that truly informs and seeks the views of all education stakeholders, and I have offered to work with Minister Bond on this,” says O’Neill.