Ford Government To Make All Teachers Pass A Basic Math Test – Students Protesting Today Across Ontario

Reports say the Ontario government is considering implementing mandatory annual math testing for all teachers in the province. Senior government sources have told The Canadian Press that teachers would be required to pass the test in order to continue to teach. The test would apply to teachers at both the primary and secondary level even if the educator did not primarily teach mathematics. The move comes a day after the Conservative government passed legislation that will require all aspiring teachers in Ontario to pass a math test before receiving their licence to teach.

Today thousands of high school students across Ontario are expected to take part in a province-wide walkout today to protest the Ford government’s cuts and changes to Ontario’s education system. Organizers say they expect 100,000 students from over 700 schools to take part in the walkout. Education Minister Lisa Thompson says safety is her top priority. She has reminded all teachers and school boards that they have a responsibility to ensure that students are learning at the school and that they are safe. A joint statement released by the five education unions is urging the government to rethink its proposed changes.

Contains files from the Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Doug Ford via Twitter

 

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Scott Fox
Scott Fox