Ontario students will be suffering the consequences of the recent election once class sizes increase in the province under the Ford government.
Students will have less quality educational time and personalized learning with their teachers as class sizes are increasing from Grade 4 to 12.
In addition, the quality of public education is being diminished as students will now have to take some of their classes online, instead of with teachers.
Critics say the changes will negatively impact all students, particularly those with special needs and from low income households. The government’s changes will also result in students having less access to courses and programs, and less teachers leading extracurricular activities.
Overall, experts estimate this move will result in thousands of teachers losing their jobs, weakening the community and economy they contribute to. On April 4, thousands of students across Ontario walked out to protect their education system.
The move could ultimately signal the government’s intention to move public funds to private corporations and rely on them to deliver education. What would that mean for families in Ontario? Quality education will be reserved for the rich, while average working class families get left behind.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson
Premier Doug Ford