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

Wayne Thibodeau wthibodeau@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 3, 2014

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.