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Teachers To Demonstrate Outside Constituency Office Of Education Minister Lisa Thompson

Blyth | by Fadi Didi  

Rising class sizes, cancellation of talks prompt Friday rally outside Thompson's constituency office in Blyth.

Demonstrators will be paying a visit to the Blyth constituency office of Education Minister and Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson.

A "Rally for Education" is planned Friday by unionized school staff and faculty, represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA).

OSSTF District 8 President (Teachers/Occassional Teachers) Shane Restall says a number of issues prompted Friday's rally, including a rise in average class size, from 22 to 28.

Restall says the move will lead to long-term losses of 1 in 4 secondary school teachers, which means to fewer class choices for students.

The Avon Maitland District School Board recently addressed a letter to the Education Minister, citing concerns about ballooning class sizes.

Among those concerns were a loss of tech classes requiring low class sizes for safety, something the AMDSB says helps fill a labour shortage in the region.

Restall says tech classes are set at 20 students, so each can be safely supervised by an instructor.

As for communication with the Ministry of Education, Restall says it has been one-sided.

He tells Country 104.9 News recently meetings with Thompson were cancelled, and phone calls were not returned.

The rally will run Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Thompson's Blyth constituency office, at 408 Queen Street.

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