Local teachers are continuing to come up with different ways to voice their concerns in their ongoing job action.
Teachers will now be going to the public once a week to have their voices heard in protest where they will be picketing to remind people that even though they are back to work they are not pleased about how things have been progressing.
Kara Hunt is a teacher who has 20 years of experience and will be taking part in these new actions.
“I think you would be very hard pressed to find any teacher in this province that was OK with anything in Bill 22. I think we need our people to know that we are going to defend public education because we think it is in serious trouble,” Hunt said.
Hunt went on to explain why she feels this is an important struggle for students in British Columbia.
“Because I want the public to know we are not done. I want them to know we may be back to work but we are not happy about it,” she said. “The fact that libraries are buildings for books and no longer have librarians in them. That our special needs kids have been the hardest hit I think. Classrooms are getting larger,” Hunt said.
Hunt explained she is hopeful the public and parents will join the teachers “To save public education.” She also added teachers don’t do what they have been doing very easyily and most teachers are very uncomfortable with what they are doing.
“In my 20 years (as a teacher), particularly the last eight or nine, you have seen every year get worse and worse. I think the teachers are the only ones standing up to say anything, maybe because we see it and we know. But we need to get the public to say something is seriously wrong,” she said. “Teachers do a very good job of making sure the kids get everything that they can give them, because it is in our nature. When the schools have less and less we make up the difference because we get very attached and we love these people.”