Opposition wants MLAs to discuss cuts in P.E.I.’s education system

Wayne Thibodeau
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Opposition Leader Steven Myers

The Opposition Conservatives are calling for the legislative standing committee that oversees education to convene immediately to discuss pending cuts in the education system in Prince Edward Island.

Steven Myers sent a letter on May 16, 2014 to committee chairman Gerard Greenan requesting the English Language School Board superintendent appear before the committee to provide answers about recent cuts to literacy programs, cuts to teaching positions and reports related to small school closures.

“It’s been nearly three weeks since we sent this request and I haven’t received so much as an email or phone call to acknowledge it has been received,” said Myers.

“Given the severity of problems in the education system, you would expect that Mr. Greenan would address our letter with greater urgency. This especially given that Mr. Greenan is a former educator and the Department of Education is in his hometown of Summerside.”

Myers fears government members are stalling in hopes that public unrest will diminish as students approach summer break.

“If the Ghiz government thinks they can sweep these urgent education issues under the rug, they are hugely mistaken,” said Myers. “As it stands, their mismanagement is compromising our children’s future. I can assure all Islanders that they will be held accountable for depriving our students of the education they deserve.”

Myers plans to raise the issue at a rally planned for Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at Province House, hosted by Islanders Against the 2014 Cuts to Education.

Organizations: Opposition Conservatives, English Language School Board, Department of Education Province House

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Summerside

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  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    June 03, 2014 - 11:46

    I think this is systematic control tactics for the future population. Eliminating the middle class and keeping people in poverty or with just enough survive. I don't know if we can stop this. The government wants a dim witted population that will do what they're told. Until a group of us start really fighting back, this will continue with little opposition. How much will we have to lose before all we're left with just a board with a nail in it to swing.

    • don
      June 03, 2014 - 12:45

      voters think on this. i said ghiz wants seniors on PEI only as they are better for a bully to control and tfw is the same they must do as they are told or else. now think closing schools due to lack of students due to lack of work for the parents so they move away look at how many of our young families has left PEI in the past 7 years? ghiz is winning and till you STOP THIS BULLY PEI will not be for our young.

    • Seniors
      June 03, 2014 - 14:56

      Seniors are not that easily controlled. If Ghiz thinks we are, he will find out differently. Seniors won't tolerate being bullied by him. We seniors are a different sort these days and not like those who have been seniors before us.

    • don
      June 03, 2014 - 15:19

      Seniors. i hate to say it but we are he is bulling us now. just think what he will be like when our kids are no longer on the island. but we seniors must remember we out number the non seniors it is time we speak up and get the bully out. but think on this who will look after us? we will have to give him our homes etc to look after us. look at other countries where the government has 110% control welcome to ghiz's island.