Dunn to Casey: Cancel pre-approvals

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Dunn says Drake video courses costing taxpayers millions

HALIFAX - Progressive Conservative Education critic Pat Dunn says Liberal Education Minister Karen Casey must scrap pre-approval for online video courses for teachers.

Progressive Conservative Education critic Pat Dunn says Liberal Education Minister Karen Casey must scrap pre-approval for online video courses for teachers.
 

Recently, Casey gave almost 500 teachers approval for the Drake video courses, wich also come with a salary bumps. The move could ultimately cost taxpayers as much as $50 million, according to Dunn.

“Karen Casey’s decision to throw tens of millions of dollars out the window with absolutely nothing to show for it is another worrisome sign of incompetence from the Liberals,” said Dunn. “The Minister must cancel the pre-approvals before more Liberal incompetence results in taxpayers shelling out tens of millions for a program that her department doubts will improve student outcomes.”

Dunn says a competent government would invest in programs proven to have a positive impact on students in the classroom. Instead the Liberals are allowing millions to be squandered on bogus upgrade programs.

“The Liberals just don’t get that they can’t afford to waste millions on substandard programs when the province is running a massive deficit,” said Dunn. “How many more millions will be wasted before the Liberals figure out the size of the problem we’re in?”

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  • Concerned Nova Scotian
    May 05, 2014 - 14:31

    The only ones in this province that are getting incentives to stay in this province are being paid by some form of government weather it be MLA's, Nurses, Teachers, DOT, Environment, Fisheries and the list goes on. The wages along with sick days, personal days, grievance day, time and 1/2, double time, Plus weeks of vacation and this list goes on. What this province does need is someone overseeing the use of these days or should I say the overuse. If you work in the private sector, your employer can't afford to give you all the benefits the government does, but yet our tax money is paving the way for the government employees to have all this. I think all government employees should be looked into for their attendance and what it is costing the tax payers. The private sector would not be able to afford to keep employees like this. To bad we could not all work for the government in some form.

  • Janice Langille
    May 05, 2014 - 12:10

    For God's Sake, don't invest in education! Lets increase your expense allowance instead Dunn.