Education minister Mike Bernier has announced $50 million in new funding to hire more teachers and improve student supports in B.C.
The funding is targeted for the 2016/17 school year and is the result of an agreement between the government and the B.C. Teachers Federation, Bernier said Thursday.
“We have to find a way that is both practical and appropriate for the education system we have today,” Bernier said. “This new funding will help to kick-start the changes we all know are required following the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision. While the positive negotiations continue, we’re going to keep focused on solutions that work for kids in their classrooms.”
The number of teachers hired will be determined by districts, local unions, and the hiring process and could provide for compensation for approximately 1,000 teachers.
Cariboo-Chilcotin Teachers’ Association president Murray Helmer welcomed the announcement Thursday.
“It surely is a step in the right direction getting teaching levels back to where it was anticipated they would be,” Helmer said. “It’s nice to see that something will happen for semester two and the process will continue later on into the year and have everything ready for start up in September 2017 across the board.”