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Over 120 SDSS Students Stand Up Against Education Changes

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Over 700 schools across Ontario saw their students participate

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Many are still too young to vote but over 120 Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) students walked out of class yesterday (April 4) to protest the proposed changes to the Ontario Education System.

Bluewater District School Board - Student Trustee and local Protest Organizer, grade 12 student Emma Schuster says it was a very intense feeling to see and hear her fellow students stand together to oppose proposed changes to the Ontario Education System.

The Ontario Government recently announced High School students will be required to take four out of the 30 high school credits required for an Ontario high school diploma as online courses. Proposed class sizes for the online classes could average 35 students, per class. Regular classes taught by teachers would go from 22 to 28 students. Some students are also upset over changes to OSAP funding, etc.

“If these changes go forward I definitely think the future of education is jeopardized,” says Schuster.

“I don't think it’s fair that a lot of the changes proposed are things that students stand against in every way shape and form.”

Schuster says the students extended the invite to speak with Education Minister, their local MPP Lisa Thompson but there was no response.

The students are hopeful the Ontario Government will listen to the students that walked out of class on April 4. Over 750 schools across Ontario saw youth walk out using the hashtag #STUDENTSSAYNO to communicate.

“I think that education could totally go back to the way we have it now and I think that education could even improve under this government but right now they're not showing… that they want to do it.”

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