LETTER: Why such a low priority on education?

The fact the B.C. teachers’ strike may continue into September is very unfortunate

The fact the B.C. teachers’ strike may continue into September is very unfortunate, most of all for the children.

I think that parents and the general public need more factual information to understand why this is happening.  For example, I have heard that B.C. invests $1,000 less per student than the national average.  Is this true?

I have also heard that B.C. has the worst student/teacher ratio in Canada and that B.C. teachers’ salaries rank ninth in Canada while the cost of living is generally higher.

If I am right about this I think the B.C. government should explain why it is putting such a low priority on education.

The problems in the overloaded classrooms won’t disappear until the government listens to the teachers.

I’d like to suggest that members of the legislature take turns attending overcrowded classes. They might then be in a better position to discuss matters with the teachers.

Sheila Reid, James Bay