“This survey will amplify the voices of students, families, and the people who work in and around Saskatchewan’s schools and help to lay out the roadmap to rebuilding the education system,” said Jackie Christianson, Chairperson of the CUPE SK Education Workers Steering Committee. “While the government is ignoring the facts, we’re happy to see the NDP is listening to not only hear the problems but also build the solutions.”
Growing enrolment and the Sask. Party’s deep cuts, mean that recent reinvestments are falling far short of what’s needed.
“The fact is, our schools are breaking; our classrooms are breaking; and with the pressure being put on those of us who work in the education system, many of us are breaking down too,” said Christianson. “If the Sask. Party is going to keep refusing to take care of the people who are taking care of our children, who do they think is going to take care of our children?”
CUPE represents nearly 8,000 education workers across Saskatchewan in the pre K-12 school system. From educational assistants to library assistants and technicians, custodians to trades workers, school secretaries to school bus drivers, social workers to computer technicians, CUPE members support Saskatchewan students each and every school day.
“The future of our province depends on us making sure that all our children get the best education possible and the supports they need to succeed,” added Christianson. “CUPE is proud to support any initiative that helps get us closer to that goal.”