NDP thanks teachers and calls on government to provide adequate resources

MHA Dale Kirby (St. John’s North), NDP Critic for Education and Advanced Education and Skills, is congratulating teachers to mark Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The work that teachers and school support staff do on a daily basis is fundamental to our children’s education and to the future of our province,” said Kirby. “I hope everyone takes a few moments this week to thank these professionals for the very important work they do for us all.”

Kirby points out that it is the provincial government’s responsibility to ensure that proper supports and resources are made available so that teachers and support staff are best able to do their work.

“I’d like to see more than just a pat on the back from government during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week,” says Kirby. “If this government truly appreciates the work done by teachers and school support staff, they will provide the resources our schools need to make certain teachers and staff work in healthy and professional environments.”

Kirby reiterated the NDP’s call for funding for more teachers, student assistants, training and professional development for the delivery of student support services and to reduce class sizes for Levels I to III.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week runs from February 13 – 18, 2012. The theme this year is "Kids Say It Best".

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