To the editor,
As a parent I am worried about what is happening to our education system.
Many of us will remember sleepless nights last year as we tossed and turned wondering what would happen to the East Pictou and Highland Consolidated schools. At the time, provincial government funding cuts had placed the two schools in jeopardy. Mercifully, as the election neared, the NDP suspended their "school review" process due to public outcry, but what does the future hold for our rural schools? Governments need to understand that when they close a school they punish an entire community.
There is an old saying that if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. We need to invest in our children. Why then did the government’s funding cut force the local school board to cut 127 full-time positions last year alone?
As a community we must make sure our concerns are heard. We have smart children. We have excellent teachers. Yet, many of our high school graduates are not properly prepared when they leave our system. Our teachers deserve our support.
We must cut through the red tape and do what is right for our children.
Government should not be looking for savings at the front lines of education. Parents in Pictou East and elsewhere have the right to expect their children will receive a sound education and will be safe in their schools.
If we don’t stand up for our children who will?
PC candidate, Pictou East