Education Minister responds to teachers' court action

Education Minister Mike Bernier. Photo by Mike Bernier.

Education Minister Mike Bernier made a public statement following a Supreme Court decision to grant the B.C. Teachers Federation leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in their court action with the provincial government.

"We've always said that the BCTF's application to have their case heard in the Supreme Court of Canada is part of the democratic process. We are confident in our legal position and appreciate any further guidance the court may provide.

"Regardless of the court challenge, we are working collaboratively with the BCTF to implement the new curriculum and ensure teachers are trained to deliver its benefits to students. It's worth noting that since the last round of bargaining government's relationship with the BCTF has never been better.

"B.C. students rank first amongst all English speaking countries in reading, science and math in international testing. We will keep working with the BCTF so students benefit from making our great education system even better. As for the details of the case, as it is before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further."



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