REPORTING · 7th July 2014
Teachers from the High School were locked out on Friday, June 27th so they gathered in the Greenspace in the Downtown Core to provide information about the strike to the people of Kitimat.
“We thought we would be available for anyone who came down and ask us questions about the conflict between us and the government, specifically about class size, compositions and specialty teacher ratios,” said Kris Lewis.
She explained they need the government to move from their position at the table, because they had not moved at all during the bargaining. She stated the teachers have moved, it’s time for the government to move.
The prior day, Thursday June 26th, the teachers were also locked out so they paraded down to Kildala to let people know they were out there.
“We want the public to know that teachers don’t want to be out on strike, we want to be in our classrooms teaching but the state of education in BC is not very good and we would like to see improvements, we would like to see things return to the 2002 levels ultimately, where we had class size levels and compositions and ratios and our class sizes were manageable and we were able to meet the needs of our students. Currently, we are struggling to do that and it’s getting worse and worse all the time,” said Lewis.