Nova Scotia’s Education Minister says it is too early to hypothesize on next week’s teacher’s union strike vote, but he believes it will hurt the students. Zach Churchill made these comments a day after the Nova Scotia Teachers Union announced a strike vote for next week.
Churchill, who is travelling the province to hear from educators and administrators says that any disruption to classes ultimately affect the students, and he hopes not to see that. Churchill can understand why there is frustration, however:
This comes less than a month after Educational Consultant Avis Glaze made 22 recommendations to the province’s education system, including removal of 1,000 principals and vice-principals from the NSTU.
Nova Scotia’s new education minister thinks a move toward the province’s Pre-Primary Program is a great move for Nova Scotians. Among the benefits of the program is that it will help save families thousands of dollars in child care costs.
Minister Zach Churchill says the first year of the program will see 50 classrooms in 43 locations across Nova Scotia, with 8 in the Strait Regional School Board. Churchill says this program works well in rural areas where access to child care is hard to find:
Information about the program, eligibility, registration and where pre-primary will be available, can be found on the department’s website. Churchill says more than 400 people have registered since the program was announced on Tuesday.