More fiddling, more burning?

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Editor: What the heck, forget education; school is almost out for the summer. It’s party time on Prince Edward Island. I can’t understand why people keep complaining about my government, we are throwing a huge party for islanders. No expense spared. We are spending millions of dollars we actually don’t have just to make Islanders happy. Does this really prove that the Ghiz government thinks we Islanders are all dumb?

Has anyone taken a good hard look at the education system on P.E.I. lately? Two years ago we lost an organization called Volunteers for Literacy, more recently we have lost 200 Island teaching positions. In the last election a Liberal promise to build a K-12 school in Souris never happened. We have government friends and relatives holding jobs in the premier’s office, the English Language board offices, and a principal’s office in an Island school.

The minister of education assures us the system is working. Strangely, many parents do not agree. I guess the plan to party through 2014 is not working, Mr. Ghiz. Sadly this is only the tip of the education iceberg.

We have a president of the teachers’ federation more interested in seeking the Liberal nomination for the upcoming federal election than education. Would it be wrong to question his judgment? Would it be wrong to think this was the reason he was so quiet when 200 teaching positions were slashed? Would it be wrong to ask why this man has not stepped down in view of his political ambitions?

If you think this is the worst, just wait a minute, there is more. Now the Island group for literacy has had its funding cut, rural P.E.I. is alive with rumours of more school closures. We have the lowest education rating in the entire country. But hey, no worries, Ghiz is throwing a party. Unfortunately this only reminds me of the Emperor Nero who fiddled while Rome burned.

F. Ben Rodgers,

Abram Village

Organizations: English Language board, Island school

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, P.E.I., Rome

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