Public school teachers across the province have been negotiating with their employers on a contract extension since March. The negotiations themselves seem to have reached a stalemate, thus enlarging the rift between the two parties, and the imminent outcome is now job action. In short, this tentative decision calls for actions less severe than a strike, but as much as this is an employee vs. employer battle, high school students will nonetheless feel the impact.
In aÂ memoÂ that leaked from the President of the North Vancouver’s Teacher’s Association, plans of what job action would look like were revealed. The first article states that “[m]embers will not undertake any mandated supervision of students outside regularly scheduled classes.” In other words, students will most likely not have the chance to receive any out-of-class help from teachers. Although extracurricular activities are not officially on the cutting block just yet, if the situation escalates, clubs and sports may not fully run in the coming year. One high school student says, “It’s going to be disappointing if there are no more extracurriculars at school, but I also think that this is also an opportunity for students to step up and take on more leadership roles.”
Another article states: “Members will not provide administrative officers with any routine printed, written or electronic communications.” For the academically struggling, this may be a good thing; report cards won’t be issued. For the academically stellar, this will be stressful. Â However, this article does maintain that Grade 12 students will for the most part be unaffected. Marks required for graduation are still to be written. How much else they’ll get out of teachers, such as recommendation letters for scholarships and university applications, are questionable though.
Even with these plans laid out, no one will know the real courses of action and consequences until September rolls around. Standing from a student’s perspective however, I’m just hoping things will play out smoothly behind the scenes; I’m not depending on a blessing in disguise.
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